Essay on Electric Cars Should Be Required
“Today’s packs are a quantum leap over earlier technology, but they’re still expensive--from $15,000 to $20,000. That means early cars will either be expensive, subsidized or both. Most people will qualify for a $7,500 federal tax credit, and those in California get a $5,000 cash rebate. Not only are there subsidies in many states for owning EVs, there are also compensations such as unrestricted access to HOV lanes (Florida, California, New Jersey, Utah) and free downtown parking (Sacramento, California and Salt Lake City, plus many more). Take the $7,500 federal tax credit for buying an EV and $2,000 for installing a home charger, then claim state incentives. These include: Georgia (20% tax credit toward an EV’s purchase price or $5,000, whichever is less), Illinois (a credit worth 80% of the purchase price, or $4,000, whichever is less), Kansas ($2,400 tax credit), Louisiana (20% credit) and New Jersey ($4,000 tax rebate, plus no state sales tax)” (Motavilli).
Electric cars may be expensive for consumers to buy, but they are better to have in the long run. Electric cars are cleaner for the environment and they charge up on electricity as fuel, but they can make a serious impact on the oil industry. So although electric cars can potentially make oil companies profit decrease, electric cars should be required in bigger cities.
Historically, electric cars have not been around as long as oil consuming cars. “For decades,…