This Comment advocates an effective way to implement the existing technology of zero emission vehicles (ZEVs). ZEVs are vehicles that do not produce any pollution while in operation. These twenty-first century vehicles are a stark contrast to the noisy, smog-producing and natural resource depleting automobiles of this nearly expired century. At present, the only ZEVs available for marketing are electric vehicles (EVs), which are powered by battery as opposed to fuel. These batteries are rechargeable and recyclable, further reducing the environmental impacts offers as well as the demand on the world's diminishing oil supply. The most important issue pertaining to EVs is when and how to successfully implement this new, environmentally beneficial transportation technology. This Comment analyzes why EV use is necessary to improve air quality and to prevent resource depletion. The Comment also explains the reason why Memoranda of Agreement (MOAs) are the best way to integrate EVs into society. Part II of this Comment explains the environmental concerns and resulting laws and regulations that have led to the emergence of EVs, and what is and can be done by legislatures to encourage EV sale and use. Part II also explains how EVs can help society end its reliance on oil and natural gas. Part III asserts that MOAs, which are based on a consumer demand rate, are the most efficient method of EV integration. Part IV discusses the actual environmental, economic and political benefits of EVs and provides possible guidelines state and federal governments can follow in promoting sales of now existing EVs, in addition to furthering research and development of the vehicles in the future.
Recommended CitationBobbie Anne Flower, Electric Vehicles: A Breath of Fresh Air for the Next Millennium, 15 Pace Envtl. L. Rev. 329 (1997)
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