They (whoever they is) say that a picture is worth a thousand words.
So rather than describe last Friday's Salem City Club presentation about electric vehicles in Oregon, I figured it would be better to share some screenshots from the report the presentation was based on, the Oregon Department of Energy's 2023 Biennial Zero Emission Vehicle Report.
I didn't read the report. I just looked at the pictures and chose the ones that I thought were most interesting and could be grasped at a glance. My commentary will be brief.
BEV stands for Battery Electric Vehicle. PHEV stands for Plug-in Hybrid Electric Vehicle. Registrations for each are trending up nicely.
Two forecasts of electric vehicle registrations show that by 2035 they're expected to account for about 80% of all registrations, with that becoming 100% or close to it by 2050.
PGE forecasts of electric vehicle adoption are becoming increasingly optimistic.
In 2021 electricity made up a very small percentage of transportation fuel consumption in Oregon. It must be somewhat higher now.
Sometimes you hear that electric vehicles are so carbon intensive to manufacture, they're worse for the environment than gasoline vehicles. Not true. Burning gasoline leads to lots more emissions over the life cycle of a vehicle.
Charging availability is a major problem for increasing electric vehicle sales. This needs to change as soon as possible.