Don’t Put Deep Freeze on EV Potential

Target: Gabe Klein, Executive Director of Joint Office of Energy and Transportation

Goal: Better equip EVs and charging infrastructure for extremely cold weather.

Electric vehicle (EV) efficiency became one of the big headlines that emerged when a wintry freeze recently enveloped much of the country. Photographers captured shots of dead Teslas lined up outside of a Chicago EV fast charging station. The bitter cold had quickly depleted the vehicles before they could receive a power-up.

This high-profile incident brings attention to one of the major challenges of expanding eco-friendly EV usage across the nation. Heavy investments are already being made in upping the number of fast charging networks across the country, especially in more rural areas where their presence is minimal. But these investments must likewise be made in technologies that protect charging station equipment and EV batteries themselves from detrimental inclement weather conditions.

Sign the petition below to encourage thoughtful investment in long-term solutions.

PETITION LETTER:

Dear Executive Director Klein,

As recent incidents in Chicago demonstrated, frigid winter weather can wreak havoc on the batteries and equipment integral for building a strong and resilient EV charging infrastructure. The billions of dollars that are being invested in expanding this network must not go to waste. In partnership with the private sector, please make preparing these networks for the challenges of inclement weather a primary priority.

Every American should have access to transportation of the future that is reliable and safe all year long.

Sincerely,

[Your Name Here]

Photo Credit: Felix Kramer


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