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Air Quality: Going Electric a Great Green Alternative

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Mat Carlile – DEQ

Utah will be celebrating Alternative Fuel Vehicle Awareness Month in November, making it the perfect time to learn more about electric vehicles (EVs)—and even consider joining the growing number of car buyers who have made the switch to this zero-emission, energy-efficient vehicle option. EVs are becoming more popular,  due in part to recent advances in technology and infrastructure that have extended their driving range and made them easier to charge.
EVs have come a long way from their humble beginnings in the 1880s. Electric cars were quite popular in the late 19th century and early 20th century, with consumers preferring clean, quiet EVs over noxious-smelling gasoline vehicles. By 1910, EVs could travel between 50-100 miles on a single charge. Advances in the internal combustion engine, the mass production of gas cars, lower gas prices, and the growth of a refueling infrastructure gave gas cars a distinct advantage over EVs, and by the 1920s the United States stopped producing electric cars. (…)

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