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Carpool Lanes encourage Electric Vehicles’ sales but increase inequity

In the 1990s, California’s state was facing issues since over 80% of its residents residing in areas that fell below the federal’s air quality standards. Therefore, policymakers planned to motivate people to invest in low-emission vehicles. Carpool lanes on the congested highways left a lot to be desired in fulfilling their potential. Besides, the debut EVs were capable of driving 20 miles after a full charge. The state entered a decal program called Clean Air Vehicle, which gave drivers of low emission cars a rare opportunity to avoid traffic for twenty years leading to the nation’s largest EV purchase.

With President Biden‘s administration plans to promote the adoption of an electric vehicle, leaders advise the policymakers to consider California’s strategies. This detail means that electric cars’ drivers have an advantage in the transport system, including parking, traffic, entering other states, and many more. Industry leaders suggest financial incentives that would help the US switch to electric cars faster. Still, a considerable share of leaders argues that the market would respond to things more than money.

Jim Farley, the CEO of Ford Motor, stated that the California carpool lane policy would be a big deal and the best decision that the state took. Jim explained that the country needs a strategy that will help customers successfully transit to EVs and stated that incentives would not work from his experience on incentives if not powerful. An air pollution specialist in the California Air Resources Board, John Swanton, said that they aimed to let people drive electric vehicles and conclude their driving cycle to understand them better.

The adoption of electric vehicles is more about convincing people of the benefits of transiting to electric cars. In the USA, cities with high adoption of EVs include Los Angeles, New York, San Francisco, and San Jose. Internationally, we have Beijing, Shanghai, London, and Oslo in Europe and China. All these cities have a similarity, the governments in the area are offering financial support and something beneficial to the car drivers.

The US push to the electric fleet has brought questions of the beneficiaries of these incentives, with some arguing that this move is helping only the wealthy people who can afford the cars. In the 2019 statics, 70% of the people using the tax credits could afford to get an EV even without these incentives, which leads to a recommendation of incentives benefiting low-income households.

Experts claim that the prices of electric vehicles will in the end lower. Still, some states such as California are working on policies to help middle-class people and low-income households deal with electric cars’ transition. Besides, the Federal government has a crucial role in the mass adoption of EVs to invest in charging infrastructure and other technologies.