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The transition to electric vehicles with NRDC’s Kathy Harris



FILE - This Wednesday, Oct. 17, 2018 file photo shows a Chevrolet Volt hybrid car charging at a ChargePoint charging station at a parking garage in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Richard Vogel, File)

Kathy Harris, the Clean Vehicle and Fuels advocate for the NRDC, joined to talk about why the world needs to transition to electric vehicles and where the U.S. is at in different aspects of this, as the movement happens.

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The big part of the conversation hovered around, of course, the why — the impact of oil/gas vehicles versus electric.


After that, some of the ins and outs about that transition, including the need — or lack thereof — for charging stations at every “Kwik Trip” (gas station).

We also discussed how the $7,500 tax credit has evolved, even recently, for buying an EV — there are more versions of the federal tax credits, states are rolling out their own and how the eligibility has evolved.

Other parts of the conversation included how the technology is always changing, evolving, where the U.S. compares to the rest of the world in the transition and what car companies are doing throughout this movement.

Started out the show with Harris introducing herself and what the NRDC (Natural Resources Defense Council) is all about, as well as just kicking around a lot of the talking points that surround EVs.

Host of WIZM's La Crosse Talk PM | University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point graduate | Hometown: Greenville, Wis | Avid noonball basketball player and sand volleyballer in La Crosse

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  1. nick

    December 14, 2022 at 3:07 pm

    I listened to the podcast and it was hilarious. I am soooo glad that her parents love their electric vehicles that are most likely charged in their garage; how wonderful. An electric vehicle get about 250 miles a charge if the weather is good. They have already discovered that extreme cold or heat reduces the range. My wife and I are driving to Florida imagine the logistical nightmare
    Drive around LaCrosse and count the number of cars outside in parking lots crammed together by a apartment building or the number of cars outside on the street. All will need dedicated chargers. Of course, you will want to put use the charger in a rain or snow storm; that will become a necessity at times.
    How much will all this cost? Who pays for it? If the government is involved whatever their estimate then double it to get closer to the real amount.
    How much will the charging station cost at a Kwik Trip or any other provider.
    In years to come, your appliances are electric, your cars are electric? Can the grid handle it? What happens when the wind does not blow or the sun shine? How long can one go?
    As Buffet stated, Wind and Solar are great as long as there are subsidies.
    Keep up the hilarity, it is a welcome relief from a President who every time you turn around is making the world more dangerous by his decisions.
    We cannot trust the press to give an honest assessment since the sell out to the left happened a long time ago.

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