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.
Here locally, the number of electric vehicles is growing in Kentucky.
LG&E and KU work with customers who purchase an electric vehicle to make sure we're meeting their needs and check if they may require modifications to the electric service feeding their home or business.
We also continually assess how changes in customers' electric usage might impact our system. We encourage customers to check with the vehicle manufacturer and have their homes inspected by a licensed electrician to ensure the home’s interior wiring and infrastructure can support the specific charging requirements.
The electric utility industry has committed itself to helping speed the introduction and widespread adoption of plug-in electric vehicles (PEVs). Working with the Edison Electric Institute (EEI), the industry has identified the following critical aspects for PEV success:
- Customer Support
- Utility Fleets