California’s electric car boom cuts emissions — but not everywhere TNA

Kettleman City, CA - January 29, 2022: Many cars charge at a Tesla Supercharger station.  Boosting stations allow Tesla cars to be quickly recharged on the grid within an hour.

Electric vehicle use is increasing in California

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An increase in the number of electric vehicles in California appears to have increased fine particulate air pollution from power plants, even as CO2 and other types of air pollution have declined. An analysis found that disadvantaged communities, which are the least likely to own electric vehicles, are the most likely to see an increase in pollutants in their neighborhoods.

“[Electric vehicles] are only as clean as the underlying power grid,” says Jaye Mejia-Duwan at the University of California, Berkeley. Adding to the request…

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