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Electric Vehicles (& ZEV)

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#Electric Vehicles #low emission vehicles #Vehicles #zero emission vehicles

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Doug Fogelson

The United States continues increasing production of electric vehicles (EVs) and even some potential zero emission vehicles (ZEVs) that run on hydrogen fuel cells. The state of California has mandated that all new cars produced there must be EVs by 2035. While this is a powerful way to shift away from the fossil fuel industry, which is the primary source of greenhouse gas emissions, it still relies on the need for electricity to charge so many types of EVs, and that electricity often currently comes from non-renewable fossil fuel based sources.

Additionally, key natural elements that are needed to make semiconductor chips and batteries for EVs are often dependent on carbon intensive supply chains or mining processes that can be unstable and unfair. Infrastructure to distribute charging stations needs to be universally accessible, convenient, and affordable for short or long-distance transit. Charging overnight can be an issue for multi-unit dwellings such as large apartment buildings.

All of that said, the world is undergoing a change to infrastructure that will reduce petroleum/fossil fuel powered cars and trucks currently on our roads and highways. Increasing local solar charging, implementing battery and storage improvements (even using the idle cars themselves as community storage), demanding cleaner and more equitable production and mining of the needed materials to make these products, and even building more “clean” nuclear power infrastructure are some of these solutions.

On a local level most urban and suburban driving is short distance, isn’t it better to do so without adding direct emissions? We can “act local and think global” by advocating for properly regulated and equitable supply chains while we make our own shift to using cool new EVs and powering them from local solar production.

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