Electrifying America’s Way of Life

With more and more technologies being powered by energy, electrification is opening new doors across a wide spectrum of American industries.

Airports, seaports, telecommunications, mining, manufacturing, health care, retail, and transportation are all unlocking new potential thanks to the expanded reach and use of energy.  Electrification is also helping us lower costs, save energy, and reduce our environmental impact—at home, in our businesses, and among industries nationwide.

Industries and resources that run on electricity now account for 60% of our nation’s gross domestic product (GDP) and 85% of GDP growth.

Electric Vehicles

Today, the technology and infrastructure exist to promote transportation applications that move both people and goods using energy as a fuel. This new generation of electric transportation will help the nation enter an era of clean transportation and reduce its dependence on foreign oil. Diversifying the transportation sector’s fuel mix also will enhance U.S. energy and economic security.

  • Plug-in vehicles (PEVs) have the potential to help transform the nation’s transportation fleet. Powered by energy made from domestic energy sources, PEVs provide customers with an economical alternative to “filling up” gasoline-dependent vehicles.
  • There are two types of PEVs available today, Plug-in Hybrid Electric Vehicles (PHEVs) and Battery Electric Vehicles (BEVs). PHEVs use an electric motor powered by batteries and a gasoline engine to extend the car’s range. BEVs are powered solely by an electric motor and larger batteries.
  • Importantly, all PEVs are plugged into the existing energy grid, and can use a standard electrical outlet to recharge the car batteries. Owners can recharge their batteries overnight, using lower-cost, off-peak electricity.

Learn more about how energycan transform the nation’s transportation sector.

By the end of April 2016, more than 470,000 plug-in electric vehicles (PEVs) and all-electric vehicles had been sold in the United States.

Today Is Just the Beginning

America is only starting to realize the full potential of electrification:

  • Considerable cost savings
  • Increased productivity
  • Decreased environmental impacts
  • Greater energy independence

To ensure electrification continues to bring benefits not just to consumers, but entire businesses and industries, we will need sound energy policies that support these goals.

    • Powering our lives

      From powering our homes, businesses, and the devices we use to transforming the way we work, learn, and get around—electricity supports and advances our quality of life.

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    • Powering our economy

      The electric power industry supports local jobs and community services.  Electricity also keeps businesses running, drives our economy, and is revolutionizing industries nationwide.

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    • Powering innovation

      The way we use and produce electricity is changing. As a result, electricity is helping spur the development of new technologies that enhance our everyday lives.

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    • Powering our future

      The future of electricity is on the fast track - reliable, affordable electricity is critical to the way we work, travel, learn, play, and live today and tomorrow.

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