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December 11, 2020

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Miami is one of the ten metropolitan areas of the United States which will benefit the most if a 100% transition of vehicles from internal combustion engines to electric happens.

 The quality of air is deteriorating day-by-day as the development progresses and more vehicles hit the road. Ozone pollution is a big issue in Miami and due to it the metropolitan is experiencing rising temperatures every year. Ozone pollution causes trouble to people with respiratory problems like asthma and COPD (chronic obstructive pulmonary disease). A Harvard study claims that COVID-19 patients in the areas of the US where air pollution is high are more likely to die than the COVID-19 patients in areas with less air pollution. This means that high air pollution decreases the immunity of people living in the polluted area. Electric vehicles can play a huge role in decreasing air pollution and climate change.

To promote the use of electric vehicles among the public, Florida state has decided to expand the electric vehicles charging station network along highways and interstates. $8.5 million are allocated for building new electric charging stations along Interstates 75 and 95. This money came from the $14.7 billion settlement between Florida government and Volkswagen after the diesel emissions cheating scandal. The new charging stations are being made over the span of more than 1200 miles and they will increase the number of fast-charging electric vehicle stations in Florida by over 50%. This will help the EV owners to not to worry about recharging when traveling across major highways.

Florida comes third in the list of most numbers of EVs in the US behind California and Washington DC. According to the Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles, there are about 70,000 electric or hybrid vehicles registered but this number doesn’t reflect the actual number of electric and hybrid vehicles in the state because car owners are permitted by law to not identify their cars as electric. The officials have predicted that there could be 4.5 million electric vehicles on roads by 2030 in Florida. The electric vehicle initiative introduced by the government to expand the network of electric fast-charging stations will definitely promote the growth of EV ownership and will also benefit the environment.

Seeing the eco and EV friendly policies being introduced by Florida State, the investors are also coming into the EV market of Florida. The world’s first EV dealership network – Jolta is preparing to launch in Miami. Jolta wants to revolutionize the EV market of the world starting from Miami. Jolta plans to provide services in three fields: Curation of electric vehicles, Onsite charging stations and Charging & Installation solutions.

If Miami is able to fully convert to electric vehicles by 2050, analysts claim that it will have a significant improvement on the environment of metropolitan and billions of dollars will be saved from the health sector thanks to decrease in diseases due to good quality air. Going all-electric means that Miami could avoid 126 premature deaths per year and also save $1.4 billion per year.