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EDTA Points to Electricity Certainty

May 15, 2015 by ShowTimes in ACT Expo 2015 with 0 Comments

Screen Shot 2015-05-15 at 2.22.39 PMThe Electric Drive Transportation Association is pleased to partner with the 2015 Alternative Clean Transportation (ACT) Expo, North America’s largest clean fleet show. This year’s program features a number of new workshops and forums focused on electric drive technology and how these vehicles are meeting the needs of drivers and fleet operators, while advancing American energy security, environmental sustainability, and economic independence from a monopoly fuel.

EDTA (Booth 1345) is the cross-industry trade association promoting the advancement of electric drive technology and electrified transportation. Our members represent the entire value chain of electric drive, including vehicle manufacturers, battery and component manufacturers, utilities and energy companies, smart grid and charging infrastructure developers. Collectively, we are committed to realizing the economic, national security, and environmental benefits of displacing oil with hybrid, plug-in hybrid, battery, and fuel cell electric vehicles.

Even with reduced imports, our energy and economic security continue to be threatened by oil dependence. Our transportation sector is still almost wholly fueled by a single commodity, whose price is set by the global market and whose availability is subject to significant geopolitical uncertainty.

Electrification offers fleet operators the benefits of cheaper, cleaner, quieter operation that benefits operators, consumers and companies’ bottom lines. Automakers are expanding their commitment to electrification with offerings of diverse sizes, price points and capabilities, and nearly every major manufacturer now has an electric drive light-duty vehicle in the market and more on the way. Visit EDTA’s Electric Drive Zone in the Exhibit Hall for a hands-on experience with some of the latest vehicles and technologies, including models from Nissan, Toyota and Ford.

During Thursday’s program, EDTA members such as ClipperCreek (Booth 1239), AeroVironment and Momentum Dynamics will explore technology and manufacturing breakthroughs in electric vehicle supply equipment (EVSE). Companies like ChargePoint, CarCharging and NRG eVgo will address national and regional charging infrastructure deployment and meeting driver needs at home and on the go.

Finally, a consistent theme throughout this week will be certainty in pricing. While oil prices may be low today, businesses are all too aware of oil price volatility and the challenges it can pose for a company with a gasoline-powered fleet. Electricity prices are substantially lower than petroleum fuels – even cheaper than headline-making $2-per-gallon gasoline – and they are stable. Domestically-produced grid electricity, on average, can power plug-in cars at the equivalent of $1 per gallon of gasoline – roughly 3.13 cents per mile.

Transforming the way we move goods and people and reducing our dependence on oil requires new ways of thinking, planning and operating. EDTA is excited to be part of that discussion this week in Dallas, and we invite you to continue that dialogue in Montreal, Quebec for the 29th World Electric Vehicle Symposium (EVS29), June 19-22, 2016.

Genevieve Cullen

President, Electric Drive Transportation Association

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