Midwest ‘roadmap’ aims to unlock EV emissions benefits

EVs represent 1 percent or less of cars and trucks sold in the region today. And while sales will grow as automakers roll out dozens of new models next year and beyond, consumers must charge their cars and trucks at night when the bulk power grid is flush with cheap, clean wind energy.

Overcoming those barriers to EV adoption is what brought utility and auto executives, environmentalists, and state and local government officials to Chicago yesterday for an EV summit hosted by the St. Paul, Minn.-based Great Plains Institute.

The nonprofit two years ago organized a group of two dozen companies and advocacy groups across the Midwest to find common ground in the effort to help slash carbon emissions from the transportation sector.