Global emissions continue to increase exponentially and do not show signs of decreasing anytime in the future. Economic activities that lead to global greenhouse gas emissions can be broken down by electricity production, agriculture land use, industry, transportation and buildings. Transportation is one of the largest sectors leading to the high volumes of the United States greenhouse gas emissions.
With the electric vehicle production increasing tremendously throughout the US and world, the potential for reducing transportation emissions compared to previous years is high. Many states are increasing incentives to spike purchases of these zero-emission vehicles. As recent as this month, August 2017, California is seeking to boost their electric vehicle rebate program substantially. Legislature is pushing forward a bill that would more than triple the state of California’s current rebate of $2,500 to under $10,000 for EV purchasers. For example, one could (after EV rebate) purchase a Nissan Leaf or Chevrolet Bolt for the same price as a gas powered Honda Civic. With this increase in incentive, California is looking to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 2030 to a level of 40 percent below what they were in the 1990s.
While we know that transportation is an achilles heal for the overall carbon footprint, there is a lot of progress to be made due to evolving vehicle types and functionalities. How reasonable is it for states to increase incentives to boost electric vehicle sales? How much of an incentive would it take for you to purchase a zero emission vehicle? What are the leading reasons for why more people haven’t already purchased an electric vehicle?