Electric vehicles are becoming cleaner in the United StatesMarch 27, 2018
Renewable energy is helping reduce the emissions that clean cars are linked to
Electric vehicles in the United States are becoming more environmentally friendly thanks to the country’s energy grid relying more heavily on renewable energy. For years, electric vehicles have been criticized for contributing to air pollution because they derive their electricity produced through the consumption of fossil-fuels. Throughout the country, charging stations are being connected to an existing energy infrastructure. The majority of the electricity delivered through this infrastructure is produced through the burning of coal. This is beginning to change, however, as renewable energy begins to play a greater role in the U.S.
Study shows that clean power is beginning to replace fossil-fuels
A new study from the Union of Concerned Scientists shows that electric vehicles are becoming more environmentally friendly because they are consuming electricity produced through renewable sources. The study shows that approximately 75% people throughout the country now live in places where electrical power is being produced by clean energy systems or through the use of natural gas. While electric vehicles are inherently cleaner than their gas-powered counterparts, they have still been linked to emissions due to their consumption of electricity generated using fossil-fuels.
States are working to revitalize their existing energy infrastructures
As fossil-fuels begin to be replaced by renewable energy, clean transportation is expected to become more prominent throughout the U.S. Several states have already begun investing heavily in overhauling their energy infrastructures, hoping to incorporate more clean power sources. These states are eager to promote clean vehicles in order to reduce emissions and achieve their own environmental goals as well as those established by the federal government.
Consumers are showing more interest in electric vehicles
Interest in electric vehicles has been growing steadily in the United States for several years. Consumers are showing a willingness to embrace these new cars, but lacking infrastructure has slowed adoption to some degree. With renewable energy projects gaining momentum throughout the country, the infrastructure problem may soon be resolved, helping accelerate the adoption of clean vehicles.