350 Deschutes, a Central Oregon nonprofit plans to use Pacific Power's $85,000 grant to support equity in the planning and access to electric vehicles and charging infrastructure throughout Central Oregon. With hopes of reducing the emissions that account for roughly 1/3 of Central Oregon, 350 Deschutes believes electric cars will make a big difference in the health of our community.
Many predict we are living in a time just before the electric vehicle becomes mainstream, a revolutionary invention that would benefit the environment by reducing emissions. This invention influences us consumers to take stock of our actions in other areas of our lives. We start to consider how each action we may serve as a succor or detriment to our society. What power!
An exciting invention like the electric car garners debate throughout our community, prompting us to ask ourselves, are these vehicles helpful or simply flashy? when a bright cheery-red Tesla smoothly zips past us on the street. We may examine the pros and cons of the electric vehicle, as the idea of it alone instigates us to envision a whole new way of living. Driving a vehicles to a charging station instead of a gas station not only modifies our route home, but reduces emissions and fuel costs.
This "healthier" or "more conscious" way of living started out in the mind of one person. It's power enfolds in the process of it entering public discussions online, and travelling into the mass collective. Businesses now divulge ways to reward consumers for their economically beneficial choices based on this idea. Several cooperatives, governments, and agencies now offer incentives to increase the amount of Electric Vehicle drivers on the road. Never underestimate your ideas, you never know how influential they could be.
The BCD looks forward to the upcoming years that will inevitably bring us closer to a renewed transportation infrastructure, where an electric fleet and charging port access is easily available to all Central Oregonians.