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The concept of electric vehicles may seem new to many people, but did you know the first electric vehicle was built in 1830? In 1900, nearly 40 percent of all vehicles were powered by electricity, a trend that continued for 20 years. That's when production of electric vehicles stopped. While the electric vehicle isn't new by any means, there is certainly a renewed interest among consumers, the auto industry and, as you can imagine, the electric utility industry.

We, at LG&E and KU, have actively followed the movement, and we've celebrated as each of the top vehicle manufacturers announced plans to make an electric model available to consumers.

Our industry has committed itself to helping speed the introduction and widespread adoption of plug-in electric vehicles (PEVs). By doing so, we can achieve our objective to move our country toward a greener and more energy-efficient economy. Working with the Edison Electric Institute (EEI), the electric utility industry has identified the following critical aspects for PEV success:

  • Infrastructure
  • Customer Support
  • Education
  • Incentives
  • Utility Fleets

And the best part is, LG&E and KU — and the electric utility industry as a whole — are uniquely positioned to support these five aspects.

We'll provide you with additional information as it becomes available.