Automotive transportation is a key element in the advancement, development, and function in our lives. However, the dramatic rise of carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions from our automobiles in the past one hundred years has resulted in health and air quality issues that contribute to smog and other greenhouse gases, ultimately causing respiratory problems.
According to the Union of Concerned Scientists, the automotive industry accounts for one-fifth of all United States emissions, emitting about twenty four pounds of CO2 for every gallon of gasoline that is used by automobiles. In total, the entire U.S. transportation sector, which entails trucks, cars, trains, planes, and ships contributes 30% of all U.S. greenhouse emissions.
To shift away from burning harmful fossil fuels, the automotive industry is steadily implementing clean air vehicles like Electric Vehicles (EVs) that use an on board high capacity battery that powers an electric motor. Other clean air vehicle options include Plug-in Hybrid Electric Vehicles (PHEVs) that have a smaller rechargeable battery with a backup gasoline generator. Some automotive companies are also developing Fuel Cell Vehicles (FCV) as a renewable alternative to cars fueled by gasoline. While EVs are becoming more affordable, some of the major benefits of driving EVs include charging at home, a quiet and smooth driving experience, zero tailpipe emissions, cheaper and less frequent maintenance costs, and an increasing charging infrastructure.
Through its Mobile Source Emission Reduction Program, the District can periodically distribute grants that can fund Level II EV charging stations at your business, school, or other public location. There are currently 7 Level II charging stations located at MDAQMD headquarters, that are free of charge and open to the public. The District has already implemented several charging stations across it's jurisdiction, and plans to implement more as funds become available.
For more information on locations of Electric and Hydrogen Fuel Cell vehicle stations, as well as the Mobile Source
Emission Reduction Program, visit the links below: