The allure of electric vehicles (EVs) has never been stronger. EVs have zero tailpipe emissions, offer lower operating costs than conventional gasoline-powered vehicles and now come in a range of sleek models. With the tailwind of private sector initiatives such as the international EV100 program and the Corporate Electric Vehicle Alliance behind them, electric vehicles are now being integrated into a range of fleet types — including urban delivery services, public school buses, ride-hailing companies and, most recently, the U.S. federal fleet.

This shift is in line with the Paris Agreement: alongside other measures, the global stock of EVs needs to grow by a factor of 22 through 2030 for global temperature rise to stay below 2°C. However, it’s not just more EVs we need but, critically, cleaner and more efficient electrical grids.

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