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Letter: We should make better air quality more affordable, not less

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Teslas and other electric vehicles take off from the Holladay City Office for an electric vehicle parade on Saturday, May 16, 2020.

Spenser Heaps, Deseret News

I believe there needs to be an expansion of electric cars in Utah. The reason is to help deal with the carbon emissions polluting our beautiful state, especially in Salt Lake City. Currently, electric cars can cost $12,000-$20,000 more than gas-powered cars.

A few years ago, there were programs in place to make it cheaper to buy electric cars, such as a state tax credit, but that was exhausted. We need them again. Many people in Utah want to help with the air quality but can’t afford to.

We should make these vehicles more available. In the state of Utah, we are currently having a debate to make electric vehicles more expensive by increasing taxes on electric cars. These taxes are mainly on registration for hybrid cars; an example of this is the Chevy Volt, the registration fee of which would go from $52 to $260 — which in turn discourages people to buy electric cars, thus hurting the air quality even more.

We must make these vehicles more affordable if we want to have good air quality and less carbon dioxide in the air in the future.

Ethan Ashby

Salt Lake City