Steering toward lower carbon emissions with electric vehicles

By KBJR News 1

Credit: Environment Minnesota

Steering toward lower carbon emissions with electric vehicles

June 25, 2014 Updated Jun 25, 2014 at 10:18 PM CDT

Duluth, MN (NNCNOW.com) --- A report called "Driving Cleaner: More Electric Vehicles Mean Less Pollution" is hoping to put the brakes on carbon emissions.

A new report by Environment Minnesota released Tuesday states that Electric vehicles could prevent more than 273,000 metric tons of carbon pollution yearly in Minnesota by 2025.

The report says more than 220,000 electric and plug–in hybrid vehicles are on America's roads today, and the annual sales of electric vehicles have increased by 500% in the last two years.

"It's time to charge ahead. Electric cars are speedy, quiet and cool–looking, and they're also one of the most important tools we have – along with EPA's Clean Power Plan – to break our dependence on fossil fuels, clean up our air, improve our health and protect our climate," Field Organizer with Environment Minnesota, Tatiana Hakanson, said.

Environment Minnesota has laid out actions they want the government to take due to the report.

They call on the EPA to finalize the recently announced federal carbon pollution standards for power plants.

At the state level, they would like to see Minnesota set ambitious goals for electric vehicle deployment, and adopt the Zero Emission Vehicle program, which would require automakers to sell more electric cars here.

Environment Minnesota says people can travel long distances on electricity alone thank to electric vehicles.

Ramona Marozas