In 2017 more than 200,000 electric vehicles (EV) were sold in the United States. As EVs cruise past 1% total market share in the US, stakeholders continue to examine and anticipate how increased vehicle deployment and infrastructure needs will impact grid development and planning processes. During the NASEO 2018 Energy Policy Outlook Conference, Patrick Bean of Tesla Motors spoke to State Energy Officials on the national outlook for EVs and the significant role state policy and decision makers can play to enable charging infrastructure. 

With three large advanced manufacturing facilities and more than 500 charging sites located in the US, Tesla Motors has been working with technical schools to support training around robotics, computer science, software development, sales, and other key areas to facilitate the next generation of the EV workforce. Mr. Bean reported that by the end of 2018, Tesla plans to expand its national charging infrastructure into urban centers to reach a total of 800 stations. Such an ambitious goal would rely heavily on policies such as EV ready codes, modifications to existing building codes, and a regulatory environment that incentivizes the expansion of charging infrastructure. As the market for EVs continues to expand, industry leaders are recognizing the vital role of state policy and decision makers in facilitating this transformation, and are seizing the opportunity to engage and partner with states and localities throughout the process.