Catalyst Spring 2016
OBSERVATIONS

We asked: What would you recommend to speed the widespread adoption of electric vehicles?

What Our Members Are Saying

WE WANT TO KNOW


What do you think are the most important steps we need to take toward a low-carbon future?


Join the discussion by letting us know the steps you think are most important on the road to a sustainable climate—or the steps you, your family, organization, or community are already taking now.


We will publish selected responses (edited for length) in the spring issue of Catalyst.

Email your response to catalyst@ucsusa.org

I recommend an increase in the rebates for these vehicles. A lower purchase price would encourage people to buy these cars. Also, lower utility rates for those who own such vehicles.

Richard Solomon, Oakland, CA

 

Folks could rent EVs to "get the experience" and then be more likely to buy. It would also help to have more advertising about the benefits to pocketbooks in the short term, and to the environment long term.

Susan Dodd, Tucson, AZ

 

I drive a Chevrolet Volt. It has all of the major advantages of an electric car with the additional advantage of an efficient gas engine that kicks in if you run out of electric range (currently about 53 miles, which is about what the average driver uses in a day). Drivability is excellent. What is needed is more marketing, but automakers seem to lack any interest in such a campaign. With better marketing, I cannot imagine why anyone would want to drive a car without this technology.

Benjamin Wiener, Carpinteria, CA

 

Most people won't migrate to a new technology unless they have a financial incentive to do so. We simply need to assign the true cost to each fuel type, including its polluting content. Attach a fee to all dirty fuels, then return the proceeds from that fee to the American public, or apply it to clean fuel research.

Gary Schettl, Jordan, MN

 

Increasing renewable sources of electricity is critical for making electric vehicles a viable option. It is also critical to support fair net metering that benefits home owners and alternative generators. This supports local solar rooftop and other alternative energy installations and makes paybacks to owners and operators realistic. It also supports the right kind of electric vehicle recharging at home or locally.

Neal Gruber, Madison, WI

 

We need government subsidies to utilities to install and maintain conveniently located charging stations. Utilities could in turn collect highway taxes on their charging fees, which would offset the lost revenue from gasoline taxes. We also need subsidies to automakers to keep the cost of electric vehicles affordable to all, as well as credits to consumers for the purchase of such vehicles.

M. Carroll, Lansing, NY

 

More charging stations, especially in rural areas just within range of the city. Also it will just take time to get some electric cars on the used-car market. I have never owned a new car and certainly cannot afford a new electric one.

Rolf Jander, Surrey, British Columbia