Briefly Noted: EVs are easier on the air; SLC supports EV Owners
Utahns are currently buying electric cars at a faster rate than Californians, according to the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy.
Evs use no gas. They emit 99% fewer pollutants than their gas counterparts. Salt Lake City officials, committed to improving air equality wherever an opportunity arises, see EVs as a notable player in that cause. Thus, the City Council recently voted to waive charging fees at the 28 existing public charging ports. This will cost the city up to $12,000 annually in utility fees but, it is hoped, will encourage more people to choose electric when buying new vehicles.
The annual cost of registering a car in Utah is $44–that is, unless the car is an electric vehicle. And while the Utah State Legislature recently voted to increase annual registration fees for Evs to $120 (reasoning that since electric vehicles don’t use gas, they aren’t paying a gas tax), the first $200,000 worth of fees will go toward building electric vehicle infrastructure.
EV owners can access and view station availability in real time with the ChargePoint app.