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Campus Only Senior Thesis

Degree Name

Bachelor of Arts



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Mark Huber

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Climate change and air pollution pose serious consequences including longer

heat waves and sea level rise. California is taking several initiatives to address

these problems, calling for an 80% reduction in greenhouse gas emissions by

2050 from 1990 levels. The transportation sector in California has relied

heavily on fossil fuels, significantly contributing to the emissions of greenhouse

gas emissions. As a result, one of the main technologies the state has been

motivating to combat this is the implementation of battery electric vehicles.

These vehicles have not started gaining popularity until recently and there are

still several market barriers that slow down electric vehicle adoption, such as

availability of charging ports. Several other aspects need to be considered, such

as the effects on grid demand and supply, as California expects to see a large-

scale implementation of electric vehicles. This paper aims to provide information

on California's long-term transportation electrification goals and analyze how

the state is progressing towards their stated goals, given current electric vehicle

market trends, charging availability, and electric demand and supply capacity.

This thesis is restricted to the Claremont Colleges current faculty, students, and staff.