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North Texas, Start Your (Electric) Engines
Mar 7, 2018  Dave Moore

Electric car story Dallas TX  / ANNECORDON/iStockphoto

Estimates show that the city of Dallas is expected to have 39,000 electric
vehicles by 2030, and officials want to make it easier to use them.

Political and policy leaders are hoping that some of Texas’ $209 million
Volkswagen so-called “Dieselgate” settlement can be used to help move
drivers away from internal combustion, and toward electric-powered vehicles.

“We have an opportunity to make a positive change, after more than a century
of vehicles spewing pollutants into the area,” said Bay Scoggin, state
director of the Texas Public Interest Research Group. “Local and state
officials who want to plug into this opportunity need to commit to EV
(electric vehicle)-friendly infrastructure as fast as possible.”

TexPIRG held a press conference recently alongside the North Central Texas
Council of Governments, Dallas Area Rapid Transit, AECOM, and Dallas City
Councilman Lee Kleinman, to announce estimates that the city of Dallas is
expected to have 39,000 electric vehicles by 2030, and to kick-start a
regional move to make it easier to travel with electric vehicles.

Roughly 704 electric vehicles were registered in the city of Dallas as of
last month, according to an analysis by NCTCOG.

“Generally speaking, there’s not a huge percentage of vehicles that are
electric at this point, across the board,” said Suzanne Murtha, vice
president of connected and automated vehicles at AECOM.

Her firm is helping local, regional, and state agencies plan their advanced
transportation systems, including the expanded use of electric vehicles.

“When we talk to major organizations that do the forecasting … it looks
right that there’s an exponential, hockey-stick-shaped curve in the growth
[of electric vehicles),” Murtha said.

In its report, Plugging In, TexPIRG maintains that technological advances
will continue to allow electric vehicles to drive farther, and to charge
faster, at a lower cost. These factors already are playing a large role in
increasing sales, especially in terms of microeconomics. Kleinman, for
example, reports spending about $10 or less to charge his Tesla, which will
travel about 265 miles on that charge.

“While the emissions of carbon-based fuel vehicles have come down
substantially [in North Texas), they don’t even compare to what you get with
an electric vehicle,” Kleinman said at the press conference.


Kleinman, who previously drove a Nissan Leaf, said that while he’s able to
charge his car at his own single-family home without any problem, he sees
the need for expanding access to charging ports, to serve a broader
cross-section of the community. The city of Dallas sits in the middle of the
pack, based on the number of high-voltage (L-2 and fast charger [l3]) ports
in the city, per capita.

To encourage communities to prepare for the spike in electric-vehicle use,
TexPIRG recommends that:

  - a portion of North Texas’ cut of the nationwide $2.7 billion VW
“dieselgate” civil settlement be used to install additional electric vehicle
charging ports on city streets, where electric cars can charge overnight;
  - the settlement and other funds be used to help business owners, parking
garage operators, etc., pay the cost of installing shared charging stations
in their facilities;
  - cities be encouraged to install free or discounted parking and charging
for electric vehicles; and,
  - communities expand the availability of electric-powered public transit,
the shared use of electric vehicles, and promote cycling and walking as

Electric vehicle sales nearly doubled between 2015 and 2017, from more than
116,000 to nearly 200,000 according to the Inside EVs website.

TexPIRG’s projection of 39,000 electric vehicles in the city of Dallas by
2030 might sound considerable; yet the figure is dwarfed by the number of
motor vehicles registered in Dallas County is 2.1 million, as of 2016.

Statewide, TexPIRG estimates there are 8,500 electric vehicles operating in
Texas. Globally, electric vehicles comprise less than 1 percent market
share, according to a study by the International Energy Agency. That same
agency projects that roughly a third of the world’s passenger cars and light
trucks might be electric by 2030.

    “While the emissions of carbon-based fuel vehicles have come down
substantially (in North Texas), they don’t even compare to what you get with
an electric vehicle.”  -Lee Kleinman

“Thirty-nine thousand might not sound like a lot, but that’s just [the city
of) Dallas,” said NCTCOG’s Chris Klaus, adding that there could be tens of
thousands of other electric vehicles that would be in use, in cities
surrounding Dallas and beyond by 2030. “I look at the trickle-down, and the
vehicle [that) the electric vehicle is replacing. Let’s say they’re
replacing a BMW or a Buick. That vehicle goes into a used car lot, and it
helps move the pendulum down the road.”

Inroads toward electric-powered mass-transit are expanding in downtown
Dallas as well.

At the press conference, DART President and Executive Director Gary C.
Thomas announced DART’s downtown bus fleet — known as D-LINK — will be
completely electric-powered by the end of March. Thomas said DART will
operate seven electric buses through its seven-mile downtown loop,
recharging them at Dallas’ convention center.
[© dallasinnovates.com]

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