Capitol Weekly Podcast: Electric Vehicle update with Lloyd Levine

EVs at charge. image courtesy the City of Hayward.

With gasoline prices hovering in the mid $5 range, many Californians are taking a new look at the option of driving an Electric Vehicle. If EVs are still uncommon in some rural parts of the state, they are ubiquitous in most urban areas, and the state recently passed a milestone: over one million EVs on the road. Will spiking gas prices move California drivers to the EV tipping point?

We reached out to former Assemblyman Lloyd Levine, a longtime EV fan, who established himself as one of California’s leading experts in energy, telecommunications, and technology policy while in the legislature. Today Levine handles State Government Strategy – Technology and Telecommunications for T-Mobile and is a Senior Policy Fellow for UC Riverside. His new book, “Technology vs. Government: The Irresistible Force Meets the Immovable Object” will be published later this year.

And, as always, we tell you who had the Worst Week in California Politics.

:56 Is this a good time to buy an Electric Car?

5:15 What about charging times?

9:37 Comparison: buying gas vs. charging the car

12:07 The Charging Station network

17:07 Why does it take so long to buy an EV at a dealership?

21:08 EVs and Climate Change: the Big Picture

26:20 How much does an EV cost?

37:06 The #WorstWeekCA

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