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Electric Vehicles

Overview

Price volatility of fossil fuels and a growing emphasis on reduction of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions make electric vehicles (EV) and hybrids an attractive alternative to conventional vehicles. Consumer- driven adoption of EVs has largely lagged, making up a small percentage of registered automobiles currently on U.S. roadways. States have utilized multiple policy mechanisms to spur deployment and adoption of EVs at the commercial scale, capitalizing on benefits to energy security and both environmental and human health.

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Clara Summers

Climate and Energy Manager

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Key Facts

The transportation sector accounts for 30% of all U.S. climate emissions.

Electric vehicles produce fewer lifecycle emissions than gas vehicles because most emissions are lower for electricity generation than burning gas or diesel.

75% of Americans live in places where driving EVs is cleaner than a 50 MPG gasoline car.

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Alternative Fuels Data Center

U.S. Department of Energy Alternative Fuels Data Center list of state laws and incentives for alternative fuels/ vehicles.

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Clean Vehicles Program

Union of Concerned Scientists research from their Clean Vehicles program.

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Electric Vehicles Initiative

International Council on Clean Transportation analysis from their Electric Vehicles Initiative

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