WASHINGTON, August 30, 2017 - As National Drive Electric Week nears, Sept. 9-17, electric vehicles (EVs) gain in global popularity with countries setting sales targets and industry leaders establishing bold goals. The Environmental and Energy Study Institute (EESI) reports that Norway and India set goals to phase out the sale of combustion engines within the next 15 years. Meanwhile, France and the United Kingdom have plans to ban the sale of gas and diesel cars by 2040. Ten other countries have set sales targets to make auto travel greener.

“2017 is feeling more and more like the year that EVs really hit the mainstream,” said Joel Levin, executive director of Plug In America.

Domestically, more than half of the states have EV incentives for consumers. U.S. EV sales have climbed from around 50,000 in 2012 to nearly 160,000 in 2016, even as gas prices steadily declined. In 2017, EV popularity continues to swell with sales up 35 percent over last year’s total sales.

While EVs produce zero tail pipe emissions, they still require an electric charge and that electricity may not be pollutant-free. Even if the electricity is generated by carbon-emitting natural gas and coal, it would produce less than half the carbon dioxide of a conventional internal combustion engine (ICE) vehicle.

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