Over the past century, American use of cars and trucks has increased to such an extent that the transportation sector is now the country’s single largest source of carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions. Today, however, a very real solution exists for the people of Rochester to help reverse this trend on a local, national, and even global basis.
Plug-in electric vehicles can help to substantially improve urban air quality because they have zero (or very limited) tailpipe emissions—emissions like CO2, carbon monoxide, sulfur dioxide, and nitrogen oxides that are produced by conventional vehicles. Moreover, depending on the fuel used to generate the electricity powering them, electric vehicles can also offer significant reductions in greenhouse gas emissions. New York State generates a significant portion of its electricity from low greenhouse gas emitting sources, including natural gas, and close to 30% from renewable resources, granting EV drivers in NYS a greater role in reducing emissions than most other states.