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Some neighborhoods face major health and economic problems because they’re surrounded by old, unreliable, and polluting vehicles. It’s important that we address these inequities and create an electric vehicle future for all.
Air pollution from gas-powered cars including carbon monoxide, nitrogen oxides, particulate matter, and volatile organic compounds can worsen health problems. Children, the elderly, and people with conditions such as asthma or heart disease have a harder time breathing with these pollutants in the air. Low-income families and communities of color are often closer to major roads and bear the brunt of these health issues.
On top of that, low-income families often struggle to get newer vehicles, and pay for it in the long run.
“A lot of these families are depending on very old, unreliable cars that may have been cheap to buy but are very expensive to maintain,” said Jeff Allen of Forth Mobility. “Electric vehicles can really help families begin to save more money and advance economically.”
E2 | Susan Nedell, Mountain West Advocate
Have you heard about the Clean Cars Nevada initiative, but are not sure what it is or if it will benefit your business? E2 and Ceres have you covered with a recorded virtual panel discussion: Electrifying Transportation in Nevada.
During the discussion, a trio of experts explained the process to adopt Clean Car Standards by the Nevada Division of Environmental Protection (NDEP), provided the latest electric vehicle (EV) market developments, and highlighted the benefits that transportation electrification — think more EVs and charging stations — will bring to the business community and all drivers across the state.
Jeffrey Kinder, Chief of the Bureau of Air Pollution Control at NDEP, set the stage for the panel with an overview of the state’s 2019 greenhouse gas emissions (GHG) inventory and the GHG emission reduction targets established by the 2019 Legislature. In short, transportation (cars, trucks, buses, delivery vans, etc.) is the biggest contributor to GHG emissions in Nevada. In order to meet Nevada’s strong emissions reduction goals, the state must reduce pollution caused by transportation.
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Get ready to change the way you think about electric vehicles in Nevada. Already, a range of cars are on the roads, from luxury Jaguars and Porches to affordable Leafs. There’s even an all-electric motorcycle available for sale. And when it comes to seeing more electric vehicles in Nevada, that’s just the beginning.
“In the next year or two, I think we’re going to start to see a lot of larger vehicles coming out — SUVs and pickup trucks,” said Joel Levin of Plug In America.
New companies are already racing to get these new options out to consumers. And it seems that every day, a major auto manufacturer announces that customers’ favorite truck and SUV models are going electric. That includes the vehicle that was once the poster child for gas guzzling — the Hummer.
Electric Vehicle Spotlight: Curious about EVs? Learn about the benefits of owning an electric vehicle.
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People who drive EVs love their cars. Why? Because owning an electric vehicle is easy and saves drivers money.
First, let’s talk about sticker price. A brand new electric car in Nevada starts as low as $22,400, and cheaper options are on the way. Like all new technology, electric vehicles are becoming more affordable as they become more common. Another benefit of more EVs hitting the roads is that more certified pre-owned and used electric vehicles are becoming available at even lower prices.
But it’s after you buy that the benefits of owning an electric vehicle really start to add up. Electric vehicle drivers never need to pay for oil changes or smog checks. There are no belts to break. Brakes wear more slowly. EVs are low maintenance, and less maintenance means more money in your pocket.
Electric zero-emissions vehicles also save drivers money and time at the fuel pump. EV owners can drive right past the gas station and charge their vehicle at home while they sleep at night, or at work while they’re on the clock. If you compare the cost of electricity to gasoline, driving an EV in Nevada costs about $1.04 per e-gallon.
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Transportation is the biggest source of Nevada’s greenhouse gas emissions. Most of this air pollution comes from gas-powered cars, trucks, and buses, making them a top target as we work to fight climate change. According to the 2019 Nevada Statewide Greenhouse Gas Emissions Inventory and Projections, transportation will be the leading source of climate emissions for decades to come.
But it doesn’t have to be this way.
Nevadans can alter this course by adopting Clean Car Standards and driving more electric vehicles. Clean Car Standards include two components that enable states to fight climate change by reducing harmful emissions from passenger vehicles: Low-Emission Vehicle (LEV) standards that reduce greenhouse gas emissions, and a Zero-Emission Vehicles (ZEV) program to put more clean electric vehicles on the road.
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The electric vehicle (EV) industry is bringing a whole new set of high-quality jobs to Nevada. The Tesla Gigafactory near Reno is one example, employing thousands of workers and becoming a major contributor to our state’s economic activity. More EVs lead to more jobs in our state.
“I think there’s a lot of opportunities here in this state for growth in this sector. It only makes sense that we leverage electric technology like EVs to propel us forward,” said Assemblyman Tom Roberts from District 13.
Nevada is also home to lithium deposits, an important material for the batteries found in EVs. This means even more opportunities to diversify the state’s economy. “We see an opportunity in bringing some of the [battery] supply chain into Nevada and helping Nevadans go to work in a new industry,” said Kristopher Sanchez from the Nevada Governor’s Office of Economic Development.