The media would have you think that a ‘all’ electric car America is right around the corner….
The piece below is about New York State…
But the numbers in it reveal that the country simply does NOT seem to be anywhere near to embracing electric cards in the mainstream anytime soon….
As gas prices continue to rise across the U.S., some New Yorkers like Brooklyn resident Stephanie Doba don’t need to worry.
Desperate to decrease her use of fossil fuels three years ago, Doba traded in her fuel-efficient Toyota Prius for an electric vehicle — a Tesla 3 Midrange. And she said she can’t imagine going back to a gas-powered car.
“For me, it was wanting to put my money where my mouth is as someone very concerned about the climate crisis,” Doba said. “I just couldn’t bear driving a gas car anymore.”
Yet Doba is a rare breed of New Yorker. According to state data, approximately 21,000 electric vehicles are registered in New York City, less than 1% of all the vehicles registered in the five boroughs. A similar trend applies statewide, where only about 62,000 of 11 million vehicles are solely electric.
This low rate of electric vehicle adoption is despite New York leading many states in advancing climate change policies. Transportation, meanwhile, accounts for 20% of greenhouse gas emissions in New York state and nearly 30% nationally.
Drastically reducing the dependence on fossil fuels for moving people and goods around is vital to meeting both state and federal goals of carbon neutrality by 2050. To that end, President Joe Biden has set a benchmark of making half of newly produced cars electric, hybrid or fuel cell by 2030. Currently, less than 1% of the 276 million vehicles on the road in the U.S. are electric….