Earth Week: Transportation & Chicago EV’s

Transportation is responsible for about 14 % of global emissions. Its damage is not limited to CO2. Particulate matter from tailpipes is a major contributor to respiratory disease and fuel spills have created some of the worst environmental disasters on land and sea. As with energy, a transition is underway that will demand attention by governments, citizens and consumers. The greatest changes needing investment are in these areas:

  • Increased efficiency standards for gasoline and diesel vehicles, most importantly trucks,
  • Transition to electric vehicles (EV’s) including bikes, cars, trucks, buses and trains,
  • Expansion of public transportation combined with strategic urban planning to make cities more accessible by foot, bike or train/bus.

Hot off the presses!

Excitingly, the City of Chicago revised its electric vehicle ordinance on April 24th to improve EV infrastructure starting this fall. NThe ordinance requires:

  • Expands the range of multi-unit residential and commercial buildings required to offer EV parking.
  • New residential buildings with 5 or more units must have 20% or more parking spots for EVs.
  • New commercial buildings with more than 30 on-site parking spaces must have at least 20% EV designated parking spots.
  • All EV parking spaces must be outfitted with plug-in equipment.

Today’s Climate Action Request:

 

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