There Is A Gap In Access As Oregon Promotes More Electric Vehicles

Before purchasing a used 2019 Nissan Leaf for roughly $35,000 in May, Ellen Valarida spent two years looking for the ideal electric car. Although it hasn’t always been simple, the 32-year-old Salem ride-sharing driver said having an EV has changed his life.

The range of my vehicle, the charging times, and having enough charging ports to be able to charge it are some issues that I’ve encountered, the woman added.

Valeria claimed that because she lacks the funds for an updated home charger, she must rely on public charging stations. However, they are hard to come by close to her place of residence and place of employment, a problem that, according to campaigners, makes it difficult for many low-income households and communities of color to access.

Oregon Promotes More Electric Vehicles
Oregon Promotes More Electric Vehicles

According to a national survey, all racial demographic groups have a strong interest in buying electric vehicles as more of them are put on the road. But there is a gap in access to these vehicles for rural, low-income, and communities of color because of issues with price, demand, and access to charging stations. According to a 2021 study from the Oregon Department of Energy, 78% of registered EVs are in less diverse communities. The organization used data from the U.S. Census because it lacked owner-specific racial demographics.

State organizations and neighborhood activists are leading the charge in Oregon to make EVs more accessible to a larger spectrum of individuals.

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