Greening Our Roads: Talking EVs

SACE's Electric Transportation Director shares insights into timely electric vehicle (EV) topics on LinkedIn. Check out what's captured his attention and join the conversation.

Stan Cross | March 12, 2024 | Clean Transportation, Electric Vehicles

The new year began with a barrage of negative EV headlines. But beneath the headlines lie stories of continued market growth for electric cars, trucks, and buses. While some legacy automakers are struggling to adapt to designing, manufacturing, and selling electric vehicles, and some start-up electric vehicle makers are going out of business, such turmoil is natural in a technological transition of this magnitude and should be expected, not sensational.

Still, in 2023, consumers bought over 1.4 million new passenger EVs, which averages nearly 1 out of every 10 new cars sold nationwide. Charging infrastructure deployment has been growing steadily, from around 90,000 plugs at the beginning of 2020 to over 180,000 at the end of 2023. Investments in electric vehicle manufacturing, battery production, and supply chain in the Southeast U.S. alone were up 45% in 2023, bringing the total to $70.8 billion and 70,000 anticipated jobs.

To get a true sense of how the transition to electric cars, trucks, and buses is going, pay attention to the stories of the people buying and driving EVs, long-term adoption trends, and where private sector investments and public funds are flowing. Below are a few examples.

The Cold Hard Facts: EVs in Winter Weather

Despite recent icy headlines, new data actually show that EVs outshine gasoline vehicles in extreme cold. In fact, Havre, Montana—a rural frontier community just south of the Canadian border— has been operating their electric school buses in as low as minus 44 degrees without fail, sometimes better than their diesel buses. And they’re doing so at a much lower price tag—Havre’s electric school buses cost 50%-75% less to operate than the diesel alternatives. Read more.

One Harve Public School's electric school buses
Photo courtesy of Havre Daily News/Patrick Johnston

On A Roll: EV Sales More Than Quadruple

EV sales continue to charge ahead, having more than quadrupled between 2020 to 2023. This period of rapid growth has seen Americans purchase 4.7 million EVs, illustrating the continued satisfaction among early EV adopters, despite a lack of model availability and reliable EV charging. I’ll wager that, as NEVI-funded fast chargers pop up every 50 miles along America’s highways, and new and used EV tax credit confusion settles, the next million EVs will be sold before the end of Q2 of this year. Read more.

Graph showing EV sales
Graphic courtesy of

Swapping Yellow for Green: Electric School Bus Funding

Another $1 billion in clean school buses has been awarded with funding from the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law. These grants will allow 280 school districts to purchase 2,700 clean school buses, primarily electric, to replace dirty diesel buses. Clean school buses save school districts money long-term through reduced fuel and maintenance costs, improve public health, boost resilience by having the potential to provide backup power to buildings and the grid, address the climate crisis, and enhance energy security. Read more.

Rows of electric school buses
Photo courtesy of The Washington Post

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Stan Cross
Stan joined the Southern Alliance for Clean Energy in 2019. Stan leads SACE’s electric transportation policy, utility reform, and program implementation across the Southeast. Previously, Stan led and co-founded Brightfield…
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