A Clean Transportation Milestone: New Electric Car Hits U.S. Streets

Dec 13, 2010, 17:34 ET from Environmental Law & Policy Center

CHICAGO, Dec. 13, 2010 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The first new-generation electric car was driven off a U.S. lot today, marking a major milestone in efforts to reduce air pollution, decrease our dependence on oil and reinvigorate our automobile industry. The car was a Nissan Leaf, the first of several all-electric and plug-in models, including the Chevy Volt, set to hit the auto market in coming years.

"Today's modern electric car technology is both real and available," said Howard Learner, Executive Director of the Environmental Law & Policy Center.  "When electric cars are powered by renewable energy sources, they can be a big part of the pollution reduction solution. These 'cars of the future' are here today, and we look forward to driving them soon in the Midwest."

About one-third of our country's global warming pollution comes from the transportation sector, as well as much of the soot and smog that harms public health. Electric vehicles can be an important part of the solution to these pollution problems if they're charged with renewable energy. The Environmental Law & Policy Center (ELPC) has been working to promote electric vehicle use in areas like Chicago and Northern Illinois where low-carbon sources of electricity make electric vehicles a good choice for the environment.

For more information about electric vehicles and their environmental benefits, please visit http://elpc.org/plug-ins.

SOURCE Environmental Law & Policy Center