DEEP pushes for more electric cars to cut down on pollution


MILFORD, Conn. (WTNH)– The state is looking to get more electric cars on the roads to help cut down on the amount of pollution in our air. And this comes as the Department of Energy and Environmental Protection is revealing just how bad the issue has become.

There has been a major push in recent years across the country to sell environmentally- friendly cars. As a matter of fact, DEEP has announced more funding to keep a rebate program going for those types of vehicles.

All of this comes after the commissioner of DEEP called our state, “the tail pipe of America.” And there’s a reason for it.

Our state is down-wind from power plants that are out of state. And all of those emissions and pollutants make their way to Connecticut. The other issue is all of the heavy-duty diesel trucks that drive on our highways. As well as the tens of thousands of cars.

The department is now asking the environmental protection agency for two things. First, require a coal fired facility in Pennsylvania to reduce pollutants from its three power plants. Since much of that ends up in our state. Second, make stricter limits on emissions from diesel trucks. Officials are also hoping this rebate program on electric cars will put more of those types of vehicles on the roads.

“This is the future we are trying to create to move people out of conventional cars and into alternative vehicles like electric vehicles they do not cause greenhouse gas emissions which creates climate change. They do not put conventional pollutants into the air which will help clean our air,” said Dennis Schain, DEEP Spokesman.

More than 600 people in Connecticut have taken advantage of the electric car rebates so far. Of course if you have an electric car, you need access to a charging station. DEEP tells News 8 that grant money will be used to put up more charging stations throughout the state.

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