The US President Biden hopes for electric cars to make up more than half of all new vehicles sold in America by 2030.
These include electric vehicles, plug-in hybrids, as well as fuel cell vehicles.
Biden will be able to achieve this goal through major model launches, such as the Ford Mustang Mach-E , Volkswagen ID.4 and the upcoming Ford F-150 Lightning.
However, there is still much work to do to improve charging infrastructures. Biden’s $7.5 Billion EV charging infrastructure plan will hopefully encourage more people to use EVs to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and switch to them.
A report from Environment America Research & Policy Center and Frontier Group shows that electrified vehicle sales in the US have increased dramatically over the past ten years. This has helped Biden reach his lofty EV sales goals.
The bigger picture shows that President Biden wants the US’ power grid to run 100 percent on clean energy by 2035.
The report titled “Renewables on the Rise 2021: The rapid growth of renewables, electric vehicles and other building blocks of a clean energy future,”
outlines six areas that will allow this to happen. These are solar, wind energy efficiency, battery storage and electric heat pumps.
The report states that in 2011, over 16,000 plug-in and battery-powered hybrid electric cars had been sold in the US. The number of electric cars sold in the US increased by a hundredfold, to almost 1.7 million as of December 2020.
In the US, there were more than two million plug-in hybrids and electric vehicles by mid-2021. California, New York and Florida had the highest cumulative electric vehicle sales in 2020, as well as having the most public EV charging points.
The US produces more solar power than any other country in the world, with over 23 times more solar power than in 2011.
This is enough to power approximately 12 million homes. In the US, wind power has nearly tripled in production since 2011, providing enough power to power over 31 million homes.
In 2019, the US saved 17 percent more energy than it did in 2011. The savings could have power over 2.5 million homes. The US had more than 1.7 gigawatts in battery energy storage in 2020.
This is an 18-fold increase over 2011, and electric heat pump sales nearly doubled between 2011 & 2020.
All this is to say that the US has gone from producing 125 820 gigawatts of solar and wind electricity in 2011, to 470,141 gigawatts in 2020.
Renewables could meet America’s energy needs by 2035 if wind, solar and geothermal power continues to grow at the same 15% annual rate.
In other words, we’ve made significant progress over the past decade.