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We can advance electric vehicles and smart growth at the same time

Aerial photo with a blue overlay. Photo shows a vibrant tree-lined city street with a bus lane, multiple pedestrians crossing, and several cyclists. White text reads electric vehicles and smart growth.

Transportation is the largest energy-related source of greenhouse gas emissions in the United States, and emissions reduction models consistently show that electrification is essential to getting us to zero transportation emissions. These models also show that EVs don’t get us there fast enough.

To draw emissions down quickly enough to meet targets, we need to remake our transportation and land use system to be less car-dominated at the same time that we electrify. So, how do we push transportation electrification forward in a way that supports essential smart growth goals?

In this resource, we share strategies in the zero-emission fleet transition which work in concert with smart growth. Together, these efforts will not only reduce emissions fast enough to achieve our climate goals—they’ll also lead to healthier, thriving communities.

This resource was produced by Transportation for America, a program of Smart Growth America. Transportation for America co-leads the Coalition Helping America Rebuild and Go Electric (CHARGE).