As Roadblocks are Addressed, Electric Vehicle Adoption Charges Ahead

Nov 29, 2018 8:25 AM ET
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By Constantine von Hoffman for National Grid

Electric vehicles have been touted as the next big thing in transportation ever since GM introduced the EV1 in 1996 and Toyota unveiled the Prius the following year. Now, two decades later, “big thingness” for electric vehicles may finally be within reach, with sales showing impressive numbers. Nearly 200,000 were sold in the US in 2017—up 26 percent from the year before.

The feeling of having arrived at the future was a predominant one among attendees at this year’s National Grid Energy Solutions Summit, held in October at Gillette Stadium in Foxborough. This was the tenth year of the summit, where individual and business consumers can get information about high-efficiency energy technologies and developments from vendors, analysts, and businesses that are using those technologies.

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