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EPRI's electric transportation research focuses on vehicle and infrastructure technologies that are at the forefront of automotive industry development efforts. EPRI facilitates collaboration between the automotive and utility industries for the development of standards, vehicle demonstration programs and advanced charging technologies.

EPRI research indicates that about 10 million electric vehicles will add approximately 0.5% load to the grid capacity, which is about one third of its annual natural rate of growth without plug-in hybrids.

Widespread adoption of electric vehicles can reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions from vehicles by more than 450 million metric tons annually by 2050. This is equivalent to removing 82.5 million passenger cars from the road.

There is an abundant supply of electricity for transportation; a 60 percent U.S. market share for electric vehicles would use 7 to 8 percent of grid-supplied electricity by 2050.

Electric Vehicles can improve nationwide air quality and reduce petroleum consumption by 3 to 4 million barrels per day by 2050.

The cost of electricity, per mile of driving, is less than one-fifth that of gasoline.

About Electric Transportation at EPRI