Like electric vehicles? You’re in good company. There are now more than 200,000 electric vehicles on the road in this country, with many more projected to follow suit. Via the Portland Tribune:
[A new report from the Environment Oregon Research and Policy Center] titled “Driving Cleaner: More Electric Vehicles Mean Less Pollution,” found there are already more than 220,000 all-electric and plug-in hybrid vehicles in use in the country today. In Oregon alone, such vehicles could prevent more than 213,000 metric tons of climate-changing carbon pollution annually by 2025 — the equivalent of saving nearly 24 million gallons of gasoline per year, or eliminating tailpipe pollution from 45,000 of today’s cars and trucks…
Because of the increasing sales of EVs — ranging from all-electric models like the Nissan Leaf and the Tesla Model-S to plug-in hybrids like the Chevy Volt — Americans are traveling increasingly longer distances on electricity alone.
“But we need more electric vehicles on the road,” says Seguin. “So we’re calling on our leaders to get in the driver’s seat and make electric cars as convenient, affordable and widespread as cars currently powered by oil.”
So, as Oregonians turn to electric vehicles, how can our state keep up with the growing demand?
Funny you should wonder! As it turns out, one of the report’s top recommendations was for Oregon’s Legislature to lift the sunset on Oregon’s Clean Fuels Program:
Oregon’s own Clean Fuels Program is good for Oregon jobs, economy, and health by requiring transportation fuels to become cleaner and less carbon-intensive over time. Oregon can continue to support these diversified fuel choices for business and consumers by lifting the clean fuels sunset.
It’s time. Let’s lift the 2015 sunset and support Oregon’s growing clean fuels industry and options!
Learn more about Oregon’s Clean Fuels Program and get involved: www.cleanfuelswork.com