Electric vehicles have been in the news a lot lately. Electric vehicles have been touted for
being environmentally friendly, or a lot friendlier than cars powered by gasoline.
In some ways, we are again in a time when people are exploring ways to improve on and
create vehicles and the means to propel them. Electric vehicles use batteries as their
power source. Batteries have improved a lot since the late nineteenth century, but they
still require metals, minerals, packaging, and usually energy from electricity to work.
Today Patty Peltekos discusses a new report from the Institute for Local Self-Reliance that
looks at ways electric vehicles can help with balancing usage flows across our electrical
grid and increase our energy democracy. John Farrell, director of the Energy Democracy Initiative at the Institute for Local Self Reliance, joins by phone to talk about the report, titled “Choosing the Electric
Avenue—Unlocking Savings, Emissions Reductions, and Community Benefits of Electric