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Chris Nelder

Manager
  • Carbon-Free Mobility

Chris is a Manager in the Carbon-free Mobility Practice, where he leads the vehicle-grid integration team. He has co-authored six major reports on charging infrastructure and the role of utilities in transportation electrification, and is a frequent presenter and public speaker.

Background

Chris has written about energy and investing for 15 years. He is the author two books on energy and investing, as well as more than 200 articles on energy in publications such as Nature, Scientific American, Slate, The Atlantic, Quartz, Financial Times, Greentech Media, and SmartPlanet. He also hosts the Energy Transition Show podcast. He enjoys bantering with other energy geeks on Twitter at @chrisnelder.

Location

Boulder, CO

Authored Works
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After the Pandemic, Use EVs to Absorb Spare Utility Capacity

Before the coronavirus pandemic hit, demand for electricity had already been flat or declining on most utility grids in the United States for a decade. But with 297 million people—90 percent of the US population—now under “shelter in place” or “stay at home” orders, the load on utility systems…

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The Hidden Costs of EV Charging Infrastructure

If you had to guess where the best opportunities are to reduce the cost of EV charging infrastructure, what would you say? The charging station hardware, perhaps? Or maybe installation techniques, like “future-proofing” by installing larger conduit and other elements of the “make-ready” infrastructure that supplies power to the charging…

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Electric Vehicle Charging for Dummies

If you are going to drive an electric vehicle (EV), you’re going to have to learn to speak the language of electricity. Some people think that’s asking too much—that even though you understand units like inches and feet, meters and kilometers, cups and gallons, milliliters and liters, kilobytes and megabytes…

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Don’t Be Caught Unprepared for the EV Tsunami

The long years of waiting for electric vehicles (EVs) to enter the mainstream are over. Largely thanks to sharply falling prices, EV sales in the U.S. have been growing at a compound annual growth rate of 32 percent for the past four years, and monthly 2017 sales data suggests that…

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From Gas to Grid

The world doesn’t need any more cost-benefit analyses; they’ve already been done, and they show that vehicle electrification is overwhelmingly beneficial for society as a whole—even for nondrivers. Nor should we doubt that people will buy electric vehicles (EVs). Sales are accelerating so rapidly that Bloomberg New Energy Finance warns…

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Report Release: Best Practices for Deploying EV Charging Stations

Vehicle electrification is overwhelmingly beneficial for society as a whole—even for nondrivers. The world doesn’t need any more cost-benefit analyses; they’ve already been done, and they show as much. And we should not doubt that people will buy electric vehicles (EVs). Sales are accelerating so rapidly that Bloomberg New Energy…

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Don’t Start Your Engines: EVs Are off to the Races

Summer is generally a time for long weekends and vacations, but the electric vehicle juggernaut doesn’t share this proclivity to pause. Vehicle manufacturers are quickly pivoting to the rapidly emerging electric vehicle (EV) market. Volvo announced on July 5, 2017, that all of its new vehicles will contain an electric…