The future is electric.
Electric cars are cleaner and cheaper to fuel and maintain – and we need to build out the electric vehicle (EV) market so more drivers can reap the benefits. The progress we’re making on EVs is vital to cut our oil use and reduce emissions. However, it’s also a threat to some very powerful industries that have launched a lobbying campaign. One to interfere with pro-EV policies like a tax credit.
The campaign against electric vehicles is being orchestrated by a well-funded network of interconnected trade groups. As well as political organizations and think tanks. All that use the same set of misleading or flat-out false talking points. Points to shape both news coverage and policy discussions. So it’s most importantly a time to be clear about the facts.
EVs are simply cleaner than gas-powered vehicles.
In 2018, the average EV sold in the U.S. was responsible for the emissions equivalent of a 80 mpg gas-powered vehicle. That’s up from 73 mpg equivalent in 2017.
There’s nowhere in the country where driving electric doesn’t reduce emissions. EVEN relative to driving a comparable gasoline car. Also, this advantage is only going to increase as we move toward a cleaner electric grid.
The federal EV tax credit makes new EVs some of the most affordable new vehicles on the market today.