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Are Electric Vehicles The Future Of Climate-Conscious Transportation?

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Electric car manufacturers are expanding their offerings and consumers are increasingly interested. Will the combined climate crisis and pandemic falloutintensify these trends?

Just this spring, Tesla chose Austin as the site for its second U.S. vehicle assembly plant, and Volvo is finding ways to make its eletric cars more compatible with conventional expectations. Chevy, Nissan, Volkswagon, BMW, Audi, Porsche and others are in on the action, as well.

survey last summer showed 63% of prospective U.S. car buyers across the economic spectrum had some level of interest in electric vehicles and 31% would consider one for their next purchase.

How have electric cars changed the auto industry? How are EV technologies and costs evolving? Will the pandemic spur more EV sales

What are the pros and cons of different types of hybrid and electric vehicles? How do they work and are there enough charging stations to accomodate increasing demand? How is EV range calculated?

How do gas-powered cars contribute to climate change? Are EVs 100% environmentally friendly?

What is the potential environmental and economic impact of ramped-up EV adoption by individuals and businesses?


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*This interview was recorded on Wednesday, August 19.

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Kathleen Creedon can be reached at kathleen@tpr.org or on Twitter at @Kath_Creedon
Kim Johnson is the producer for Texas Public Radio’s live, call-in show The Source. She is a Trinity University alum with bachelor’s degrees in Communication and Spanish, and a Master of Arts Degree from the School of Journalism at the University of Texas at Austin.