PA’s Arun Mani, plug-in vehicle expert, is quoted in an article examining which cities are moving most quickly towards electrifying their transportation and how much of that electricity will come from renewables.
Arun says: “It's a long game. We are still very far away from reaching the Holy Grail. The electric grid has been around for at least 100 years. Green energy sources like solar and wind have really come into play in the last 20 years and have become commercially viable in the last five years or so. So there is going to be a bit of catch-up.”
Around the world, Arun notes that a standout city is Copenhagen. “If you look at cities around the world, a poster child would be Copenhagen. If you look at what Denmark is doing, the fundamental concern is that they want to be very clean. They have a very ambitious green agenda.”
In Germany and the Netherlands, electric vehicles (EV) owners show a strong preference for energy contracts that source power solely from renewables. “There is a natural combination of the two: an uptake of EVs and the build-up of renewable energy sources in Europe,” he says. “It is almost the same public.”
Arun notes that not all countries are looking towards ‘grid’ power, and as an example he describes a solar panel sales-enterprise co-located with an EV dealership in Portugal. He says:“Four in five of the consumers, when they place the order for an electric vehicle, they replace some of their panelling with solar panels at their home. The point is that the average consumer who is looking at this particular vehicle really thinks differently than the masses. There is a high probability that what they are going to be consuming is going to be cleaner in nature than some of the traditional power.”
According to Arun, “Ultimately, it will be the consumer who determines how much and how quickly electricity for cars comes from renewable sources.”
Arun says: “In an ideal world you want everything to be fully green. But today that is really not the case, and it is practically not feasible. In the vast majority of instances, you do have an emitting source of carbon generation feeding an electric vehicle.”
“But, one should realise it's not so much about the utility or auto maker, but it is actually the consumer. You are talking about a buyer who has an understanding of what it takes. Consumers are going to shape their behaviour and lifestyle so that they are consciously not only driving green but also consuming green from a power perspective. It's going to be bottom up, but it's going to be slow. Ultimately, we're heading in a direction. Many years out, it is going to be a green system.”
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