Expanding use of traditional gasoline vehicles is a major cause of both local and global pollution. Locally, exhaust fueled air pollution is a public health hazard—decreasing the quality of life for Boston residents and visitors. Globally, vehicle emissions are a leading source of carbon dioxide, a greenhouse gas, which has been shown to cause climate change.
Bostonʼs strategy for reducing 25 percent of carbon emissions by 2025 and 80 percent by 2050 includes the widespread adoption of the electric vehicle (EV). Increased use of EVs, which has zero tailpipe emissions, is reported to reduce carbon emissions in the transportation sector by nearly 40 percent.
The EVboston initiative hopes to further decrease the cityʼs carbon footprint and help fuel a green economy. Through a strategy of education, partnerships and smart infrastructure- the city hopes to facilitate electric vehicle and clean energy adoption for those who need to drive. The re-emergence of the electric vehicle has created an essential need for the development of a charging infrastructure at home, at work, and in public places.