With California’s goals for more electric vehicles, this raises questions about how that plays into the high demand for electricity the state already has.
PG&E says they are up to the task and that all-new technology from a fully electric Volkswagen could help, too.
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37,000 miles through 48 states in 98 days.
This is the world record tour that the all-new Volkswagen ID.4 fully electric SUV is driving right now as part of the VW ID.4 USA Tour.
On Wednesday, the route stopped at Infineon Technologies’ facility in San Jose.
VW ID.4 Tour driver Rainer Zitlow said, “It’s great to be here in California at this very specific time when EV development starts here.”
As the state begins to mandate EV sales in 2035, there will be many more cars like the first electric VW SUV in California.
Infineon is helping in that mission through its semiconductors, more than 50 of them in ID.4.
This car shows the work of the company to make the country green.
“Our employees don’t always get to see how we truly make the world green,” said Bob Lefort, president of Infineon Technologies Americas. “When you’re making semiconductors, you’re on the low end of the totem pole. So seeing it in the car and the excitement around the car is really special.”
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More than 50 percent of all new vehicles by the end of this decade will feature a partially or fully electric powertrain, and the ID4 USA tour has had 95 stops at charging stations so far.
California has big goals for EVs, but given these numbers, is PG&E ready for increased loads?
“We actually have 20% of all electric vehicles in the country in our service area of Northern and Central California, so that’s something we’ve been eyeing for a while,” said PG&E spokesperson Ari VanRenen, “We are constantly making sure we have enough to support all of our customers, those who are driving EVs and those who are not.”
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PG&E says they can estimate the power load that EVs have on the power grid to ensure they can support demand and upgrade distribution when needed.
They continue to support EV development by offering customers discounts, rates and programs to power as many people as possible.
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On flex days like today where the state demands less electricity usage from 4 to 9 pm, PG&E suggests that people should not charge their vehicles.
Thankfully, with a range of 250 miles, ID.4 has the tools to help the cause.
“This is where having a long-distance electric car is so important because you can actually schedule when it’s charged, so it doesn’t happen during peak hours,” said vice president of e-mobility and innovation Volkswagen of America Matthew Raina said.
As we move into the future, the use of electricity will certainly remain something on the minds of both the power company and the car makers.
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