Fueling Electric Vehicle Growth

The number of electric vehicles (EVs) doubled worldwide last year, according to the International Energy Agency. And, announcements from major car makers like Volvo, which plans to build only electric and hybrid vehicles starting in 2019, is helping fuel the growth of EVs in future years. Experts say ongoing investment in research and lower battery costs will continue to increase the ownership numbers.

Events such as National Drive Electric Week, scheduled Sept. 9 through 17, is designed to highlight the benefits of EVs in major cities across the world. Our subsidiary, Madison Gas and Electric (MGE), is a partner in the local celebration taking place in Madison, Wis., on Saturday, Sept. 16.

MGE helps organize the Madison-area event every year. EV drivers near and far come to display their vehicles and share feedback with potential drivers. Some may be interested in reducing their environmental footprint while others may have specific questions about range or vehicle performance. This event is ideal for those who may be interested in purchasing an EV but remain undecided.

This year, MGE's new Chevy Bolt, which can travel on battery up to 238 miles and go from zero to 60 miles per hour in fewer than seven seconds, will be on display.

Helping customers plug-in

Locally, MGE makes it easier to "go electric." MGE has 27 public charging stations powered by renewable energy across the area. MGE's pilot program, Charge@Home, is enrolling participants in a study to learn more about charging sessions and how technology can best work for our customers. And, MGE works with local employers to help them implement workplace charging programs for their employees.