In the world of acronyms, PEV falls comfortably into place, but what exactly does it mean and why should we be ready?


PEV stands for plug-in electric vehicle, and as the name suggests, refers to vehicles that can plug into the wall as well as fill up at the pump, or plug into the wall and have batteries for back up. Besides the "all electric" vehicles, there are hybrids (part gas, part electric) that charge their batteries while the vehicle is in motion. These vehicles have higher gas mileage than their fossil fuel brothers, but still did rely heavily on gasoline.


As with most technology, there is always a newer generation that offers more, shines brighter, and yes, even takes you farther than the last. These new generations of electric vehicles now rely more on electricity than gas. Some PEVs use no gas, charging directly from the grid as an outside source of energy. PEVs can recharge using a standard 120V wall outlet typically found in homes, a 240V outlet similar to those used by clothes dryers, or a direct current (DC), fast charging outlet specifically designed for PEVs. DC charging delivers the maximum charge in the least amount of time.


A common commuter concern is whether the vehicle can make it to work, let alone home, if there are no charging stations at the initial destination. Thankfully, PEVs do have a variety of ranges. Vehicles that are hybrid, use both gasoline and electricity, have a greater range, and depending on the model chosen, such as the Chevrolet Volt, could actually drive 40 miles on electricity alone. After that, the car automatically switches to the use of gas.


If the consumer prefers to avoid gas completely, a battery electric vehicle is a terrific option. This type of vehicle only uses electricity and the car's battery. They typically have a shorter range, because they don't use gasoline as a backup. As of late, larger batteries provide greater range, but they are also heavier and more costly than vehicles with smaller batteries. A typical range of this type, such as the all-electric Nissan LEAF and Ford Focus Electric have a range of about 75 miles. In contrast, the standard Tesla Model S has a range of more than 200 miles, but this is a more costly vehicle.


So what does all of this mean? Well, when vehicles use battery, or electricity, they are considered zero emission vehicles. Zero emission vehicles are much better for our environment. Since California is facing air quality and public health challenges caused by greenhouse gas emissions from vehicles burning fossil fuels, PEVs are part of the solution.


In recent years, the State has dedicated funding to subsidize the purchase, as well as offering grant programs that encourage individuals and local governments to replace gas and diesel burning vehicles with low emission (hybrid that partially uses gas) or zero emission (battery and electricity only) vehicles in order to reduce petroleum consumption and greenhouse gas emissions. These incentives have worked as more people are purchasing electric vehicles. Car manufacturers have responded to consumer interest by increasing production of clean energy vehicles.


To help prepare the Coachella Valley for the increasing number of electric vehicles hitting the road, CVAG has developed the Plug-in Electric Vehicle Readiness Plan. The Plan gathered input from the Coachella Valley community; local governments; regional, state and federal agencies; and electric vehicle manufacturers and advocacy groups to develop strategies that will prepare the Coachella Valley to handle the move to PEVs over the next 10 years.


Part of our readiness includes having a sufficient number of publicly available charging stations. Because there is a limited number of PEVs on the road here in the Coachella Valley, the demand for such stations has been modest. Right now, most charging stations in the Coachella Valley are located at car dealerships, hotels or government/community facilities. As PEV use increases, more people will need to "plug-in," so more charging stations will be needed. The PEV Readiness Study included an analysis of future PEV driver needs and concluded that the most heavily used charging stations will be at home and work, or locations where vehicles will be parked long enough to recharge. In some new home construction, the ability to charge a PEV is being built into the garage and there are some retail outlets placing charging stations at their facilities.


The Plan also includes forecasts of PEV use, indicating that as many as 8,000-10,000 PEVs will be on the road in 2022. This level of deployment will require as many as 2,000 charging stations to be deployed in the Coachella Valley to support PEV owners. The remainder of the Plan reviews the readiness elements associated with key factors in the PEV ecosystem, namely, local and regional governments, PEV drivers (inclusive of consumers and fleets), and utilities. This Plan serves as a guideline to the inevitable - more eco-friendly cars on our Coachella Valley roads.


The switch to zero and low emission vehicles won't happen overnight. It will happen in stages. Technologies will continue to improve. Consumer demand will continue to drive the increase in vehicle production. The Coachella Valley will continue to be on the cutting edge of the future!


CV Upgrade News!


Looking for ways to save money on your energy bills? Property owners across the Coachella and Palo Verde Valleys can now take advantage of a new program - Clean Energy CV Upgrade - that offers 100 percent financing for energy efficiency, renewable energy and water conservation improvements. Working in partnership with CVAG, Ygrene Energy Fund is accepting applications for the CV Upgrade program throughout the Coachella and Palo Verde Valley, with ample funding available!


CV Upgrade is an innovative program which allows a qualified resident or business owner to finance a variety of energy efficiency and water conservation improvements to residential and commercial property with no money down. Improvements made to the property are financed for a period up to 20 years with a fixed interest rate and repayment is automatically collected through the owner's property taxes. Spreading the repayment out over a longer period tends to make the payments small, and the annual savings on the energy bill balances out the increase in the property tax bill. In many cases, there is an increase in property value. Should the property owner decide to sell, the improvements and payments stay with the property, not the individual.


There is a long list of eligible improvements including: solar panels; energy efficient water heating, pool pumps, windows, and air conditioning; and water-conserving irrigation systems. The upgrades to a qualified property improve the quality and comfort of your home or office, reduce your energy costs, and help improve our environment. Qualification is based on equity and property value, not a credit score.


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