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Will Florida's Investment In Electric Vehicles Pass By Poor, Minority Communities?

Jul 26, 2020
Tonya Riggles, left, and Maya Riggles, right, stand in front of an electric car
Emily Felts/Fresh Take Florida

Florida is moving ahead with plans to dramatically expand its network of electric vehicle charging stations along major interstates and highways.

Gov. Ron DeSantis at the podium
WFSU

While Gov. Ron DeSantis says he can’t afford a Tesla, he’s all in on adding electric-vehicle charging stations to the state’s highways.

This map shows where public electric vehicle chargers are concentrated. LEAGUE OF WOMEN VOTERS OF FLORIDA
LEAGUE OF WOMEN VOTERS OF FLORIDA

What if charging an electric vehicle was as quick and easy as filling up with a tank of gas? 

This map shows where public electric vehicle chargers are concentrated. LEAGUE OF WOMEN VOTERS OF FLORIDA
LEAGUE OF WOMEN VOTERS OF FLORIDA

A new report card ranks how Florida’s cities and counties are embracing electric vehicles. It comes from a surprising source: The League of Women Voters of Florida.  

Bradley George/WUSF

Over the last decade, battery-powered cars have become more common, thanks to the Nissan Leaf and  Tesla’s sleek models.  But advocates for clean energy say there are still a lot of misconceptions about electric vehicles.