PHOTO CAPTION: Wind farms dominate the drive into Palm Springs from Los Angeles. Their clean, renewable energy could power the valley's electric cars.

California Community Wants to Know: Is There An Electric Car in Your Future?

Paul Lewin, writing on behalf of the Coachella Valley Association of Governments encourages residents to complete survey identifying their interest in acquiring electric vehicles.

Published: 24-Feb-2013

With the high price of fossil fuels and the growing investment in electricity from renewable sources, more people are thinking about buying electric vehicles. And that is a good thing.

About two-thirds of the air pollution in our valley comes from vehicle emissions. Cleaner vehicles mean cleaner air, less incidence of asthma and, of course, better views of our gorgeous mountains. Moreover, reducing our dependence on foreign oil improves our domestic economy, deprives revenue to unfriendly regimes and can help soothe global instability in the future.

The governor’s office has set a goal of 1.5 million zero-emission vehicles on the road by 2025 and has put together an action plan to help achieve that goal. While gasoline prices in California have hovered around $4 per gallon in recent months and most experts anticipate modest increases in the near-term future, utilities like Southern California Edison have electricity rates as low as $0.11/kWh for electric vehicle charging. That’s about $1 per gallon.



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