EV adoption rates are lower in rural areas compared to urban locations. Most EV charging infrastructure is centered around major highways and in cities. Closing the gap will help rural communities take advantage of the benefits urban areas are getting from electric vehicles. Along with economic development opportunities, rural areas can also see an improvement in air quality and a reduction in greenhouse gas emissions.
Three Community Benefits from EV Charging
Electric vehicles have a specific range before the batteries require recharging. Drivers often plan their stops according to the availability of EV charging stations. Since it takes some time to charge an EV battery, even using fast charging stations, drivers often combine it with other activities. They may shop, eat at a nearby restaurant, or visit local attractions while their vehicle is charging.
Providing EV charging can help rural communities attract travelers looking for a convenient place to charge their vehicles. It benefits both travelers and local businesses. While installing EV charging infrastructure is a substantial investment, rural communities can take advantage of public and private grants, loans, and other financial incentives to help offset the cost of purchasing EVs and the necessary charging stations.
For more information on Federal funding programs, see the EV Infrastructure Funding and Financing for Rural Areas.
Internal combustion engines emit tailpipe emissions that cause air pollution. It can adversely impact a community’s overall health. In comparison, electric vehicles are free from tailpipe emissions. Hybrid vehicles do produce some tailpipe emissions, but it is significantly less than combustion engines. Supporting EVs in rural communities can reduce air pollution and provide significant health benefits.
For example, the American Lung Association states,
“Transitioning to a nationwide electric transportation system by 2050 would save approximately 6,300 lives every year and avoid 93,000 asthma attacks and 416,000 lost work days annually.”
Another health benefit, EVs also produce less brake dust pollution than conventional vehicles.
Reduce Greenhouse Gas Emissions
An estimated 29 percent of all U.S. greenhouse gas emissions are produced by the transportation industry. Approximately 60 percent of these harmful emissions are from passenger vehicles. Compared to gas-powered vehicles, EVs have significantly lower emissions. It is especially true when the electricity used is renewable. Think of sources like wind, solar, and hydroelectric. Switching to electric vehicles can help mitigate climate change and help the U.S. meet its emission reduction goals.
Climate change affects all communities, including rural areas. Wildfires may be more numerous and intense. Flooding and storms are more common, along with heat and drought. Increasing rural vehicle electrification can help reduce the effects of climate change across the country.
Rural Vehicle Electrification with Apogee Charging Solutions
Your municipality along with local businesses can all work together to advance the electrification of your rural community. Apogee Charging Solutions has experts dedicated to EV charging infrastructure and large project installations. To speak to one today call 484-816-2076, emailing [email protected], or schedule a call that fits your need by clicking the button below.