Biden is pushing for a revolution in electric vehicles. Will minorities be forgotten?

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Bill Williams, a Chicago real estate developer, was an initial adopter of the electric vehicles, renting a Tesla Model S until later upgrading to a Porsche Taycan, the company’s first electric vehicle.

He claimed one of the main reasons he wanted to drive an electric car, or EV, was because of the technological novelty, but there was another purpose: “I wouldn’t call myself an environmentalist, yet I do worry about the earth and care about its future. So, if it isn’t too late, I would like to contribute to the answer.”

However, getting more Americans to switch from internal combustion engines to cleaner, battery-powered automobiles is a more difficult task. Experts say that in locations such as Chicago, where communities of color have been fighting pollution and the negative effects of global warming, giving access to electric vehicles and charging points in historically underprivileged areas so residents can benefit from enhanced air quality and health is a critic

“You can consider in the background of this nation and how interstates were constructed specifically through our Black as well as brown neighbourhoods, and the detrimental legacy of that,” stated Billy Davis, who works at the JitneyEV in Bronzeville as a general manager, a historically Black Chicago neighbourhood. “As a matter of fairness, corrective actions to boost electrification and the advantages that come with it should begin in those places that are most affected.”

Advocates for clean air and electric vehicles are turning to the White House for direction: This month, President Joe Biden issued an executive order aimed at reducing carbon emissions and combating climate change’s effects.

The federal government intends to accomplish this by cooperating with the auto industry to ensure that by 2030, electric vehicles account for half of all new cars sold in the United States, and it is pressuring automakers to reduce tailpipe emissions and improve gas mileage for new cars via the model year 2026 — nonbinding objectives well beyond what the Obama regime sought but was diluted by the Trump regime.

As per the Environmental Protection Agency, transportation vehicles, such as diesel and gas-powered trucks and cars, are the greatest contributors to greenhouse gas emissions.

But, according to advocacy groups, the federal government’s effort must go further by ensuring that communities of color reap the same advantages from the White House’s electric car targets. They believe this can be accomplished by equitably disbursing charging points in locations that would benefit from increased use of electric cars and providing grants to such communities, providing upfront financial rebates to car buyers and expanding tax credits to make vehicle purchases less financially burdensome, and collaborating with communities to endorse electric car-sharing projects like the one in Minneapolis-St. Paul.

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