When it comes to transitioning to electric vehicles (EVs), rural drivers have a lot to gain like significant annual fuel savings, particularly since they tend to drive longer distances and own larger and older vehicles. Another significant gain is less money spent on maintenance.
With no tailpipe emissions, swapping gas and diesel models for EVs can reduce local air pollution from transportation. Plus, global warming emissions from producing and driving EVs are much lower than from gas and diesel vehicles. Adoption of EVs might still lag in rural areas but not for lack of interest.
In this series, UCS experts are tracking the benefits of EVs, the perceptions people have about EVs, and barriers and solutions related to EV adoption among rural drivers.