In 2019, 76% of Idaho’s in-state utility-scale electricity generation came from renewable energy, the third-highest share for any state, after Vermont and Maine. However, Idaho’s consumption is about three times the amount currently generated in-state (ID Energy Landscape, 2022, p 19). To make up for this, Idaho imports electricity produced by coal and other non-renewable sources from neighboring states. The good news: Idaho Power and Avista both have 100% clean energy goals set for 2045. In addition, other regional utilities are shifting to using a higher proportion of renewable energy sources in the coming years, meaning the electricity used by your electric car will be less polluting over time.
The fossil fueled Transportation sector accounts for nearly a third of Idaho’s energy consumption. This and the Agriculture sector are the two largest single sources of greenhouse gas in the state. Shifting these sectors to electric vehicles is not only less expensive, but far less polluting.
The risk of oil and gasoline spills, that can contaminate soil and leach into aquifers and water ways, are reduced when transportation is electrified.
In Ada County, Canyon County, and the City of Kuna, no emissions tests are required for electric vehicles.
EV production requires elements found in Idaho, like cobalt for batteries, copper for wiring, and gold for connectors. The Jervois cobalt-copper-gold mine being constructed in eastern Idaho will create jobs for Idahoans and can be a positive contributor to local and regional government and businesses It may provide funding for fish, water quality, and wildlife habitat programs.
Research on EV’s, batteries, and EV charging infrastructure has been ongoing at Idaho National Lab (INL) since the 1980’s. This lab in eastern Idaho employs over 4,000 scientists, engineers, and support staff.
Frequent visitor of Downtown Boise? Zero Emission Vehicles qualify for free parking in metered spaces for up to the maximum allowable time posted on the meter. The cost of the permit is $10/year