Xcel Energy, the leading firm in a clean energy transition, admitted that it aims at deploying 1.5 million electric cars by 2030. This move will increase the number of Evs in the firm’s service area to 20 percent. The advantage of this vision is that customers will rid themselves of fuel costs while at the same time, substantially reducing carbon emissions from this sector.
Xcel Energy is working out a plan in which as more car fanatics start using Evs because of the charging facilities and affordable prices, it will be facilitating the shift to clean energy in the transportation industry in the eight states in which it operates. With the industry stakeholders like drivers and operators switching to EVs, they will minimize expenditure on fuel and maintenance of ICE engines. The company is hopeful that the legislators, automotive manufacturers, and other notables in this industry can attain this vision.
Shifting to Evs will also indirectly reduce transportation costs for passengers and those who require transportation services. The plausibility of this statement is that electricity demand will be high while also sustaining the investment in these vehicles, thereby reducing costs and making the air clean.
The chief executive of Xcel Energy, Ben Fowke, stated that his firm is developing a charging infrastructure to ensure that customers’ transition to EV usage is swift. He hopes that the transport industry stakeholders can support their vision to expand and facilitate a quick shift to EV usage by customers.
The executive vice president and customer service officer, Brett Carter, explained that they are developing charging facilities in essential points so that companies, residential customers, and state agencies can comfortably access them.
Currently, the firm is designing EV strategies and contracts to meet the above goals through equity, customer services like resident charging system installation, and collaboration with the sidelined communities.
The chief of Edison Electric Institute, Tom Kuhn, says that Xcel Energy’s plan is commendable. He sees the company’s strategies as a lifetime opportunity for the transport industry to achieve 100% electrification.
NREL’s director, Martin Keller, says that his firm is ready to support Xcel Energy’s vision. He added that his firm is prepared to partner with Xcel Energy to benchmark the EV technology and implement it.
Amazon Web Services’ technical director, Joseph Beer, says that this move by Xcel is laudable, and his firm will fully support Xcel’s vision. He hinted that Amazon is partnering with Xcel Energy to develop a machine that will motivate fleet operators to transition to electric vehicles.
In conclusion, to achieve the powering of 1.5 million EVs, Xcel Energy has deployed the following strategies. The firm offers a charging subscription pilot in Minnesota where customers will be charging their Evs overnight and on weekends at an affordable price. The customers in Colorado will also witness the development of a similar fast charging pilot that sources power from the grid and renewables.