Electric vehicles do not strain California’s electric grid, and they could help prevent blackouts.

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Electric vehicles do not strain California’s electric grid, and they could help prevent blackouts.   

1. Axios reports: EVs aren’t straining the grid, and just might save it

  • EV charging makes up less than 1% of total demand on California’s electric grid. 
  • Smart charging technology allows owners to schedule charging during off-peak hours. 
  • Vehicle-to-grid technology allows utilities to pull electricity from the EV back onto the grid. Although currently only one electric vehicle is built with this capability, more are coming. 

2.  The San Francisco Chronicle explains why EVs aren’t the cause of potential blackouts:

  • Most EVs are charged overnight when demand is at its lowest and charging is cheapest.
  • On average, when California is at the highest risk for a blackout (peak hours during the summer), EVs account for only 0.4% of demand on the electric grid. 

Prop. 30 proposes a small 1.75% tax increase on annual income above $2 million to help millions more Californians afford an electric vehicle, create a statewide EV charging network, and reduce catastrophic wildfires by funding forest management, more firefighters, and firefighting equipment. 

The Clean Air California coalition supporting Prop 30 has experts on California wildfires, public health, air quality, environmental justice, and climate change available to speak with the press. Contact Deborah Camiel at 818-299-3656 or deborah@50p1.com.

For more on Prop 30, go to YESon30.