Unhealthy air quality is one of the most critical challenges facing Utah, particularly along the Wasatch Front. According to Envision Utah’s Your Utah, Your Future survey, Utahns overwhelmingly want improved air quality.
Poor air quality is the result of the unique geography of the Salt Lake Valley coupled with pollution generated from transportation, industry, and buildings. “Mobile sources” of air pollution (like vehicles) are a major contributor to a certain type of pollution known as particulate pollution, or “PM 2.5”, emitting 48% of Utah’s criteria air pollutants (the most harmful types of air pollution).
By transitioning our traditional polluting vehicles to cleaner, electric vehicles and plug-in hybrid cars, we can tackle a big part of Utah’s air quality problem.
In fact, according to a 2013 analysis conducted by SWEEP and Utah Clean Energy, “all electric” vehicles produce 99% lower emissions of volatile organic compounds (VOCs), 95% less sulfur dioxide (SO2) emissions, and 76% less nitrogen oxides (NOx) emissions as compared to a new gasoline vehicle. Plug-in hybrid electric vehicles reduce emissions significantly as well.
The majority of Utah residents recognize that everyone has a role to play in improving our state’s air quality. Electric vehicles are a great way for individuals and families to make a difference.