Utilities and Auto Industry: The Romance That’s Meant to Be, Eventually

In 1882, the first power plant was opened. 8 years later the first electric car in the United States was released. The electric utility and auto industry were born and the two would dabble with the idea of working together.  Henry Ford, who was a good friend of Thomas Edison wanted to build an electric …

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What Electric Utilities Can Learn From The Auto Industry

The growth of electric vehicles (EVs) is the story of two massive, multi billion-dollar sectors coming together: the auto industry and electric utilities. While they have common traits, these two sectors operate with different strategies, approaches and cultures. Therefore, we believe they can learn a lot from each other to foster the development of transportation …

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Electric Vehicles Are Changing The Talent Game for Utilities

On June 6th 1884, Nikola Tesla arrived in New York from his native Europe. He was one of many talented engineers eager to participate in the nascent American electricity industry. They all aspired to work with the likes of Thomas Edison to invent and improve generators, distribution systems, light bulbs, motors – the basic building …

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Electric Vehicles Are Not Appliances

When utilities first got into the electricity business, it was all about supplying electrons to power a lightbulb. As time progressed,  appliances were added. Today, distributed energy sources and electric vehicles (EVs) are paving the way forward as part of the next paradigm shift for utilities. As utilities navigate the role they want to play …

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Understanding the EV Customer Journey

In order to drive EV adoption, the various players involved in the EV ecosystem – local government, nonprofits, utilities – should engage their customers to understand their EV journey. Only after a full grasp of the various steps is achieved, can we identify trouble areas and design remedies to drive more EV adoption. The main steps …

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