As newer technological advancements are developed and introduced, a question regarding their adoption into society has become known. If such advancements in technology mutually benefit the people using them as well as the environment we live in, should there not be provisions in place to incentivize the creation and purchase of these technological advancements.

Electric vehicles are an advancement of technology that is currently available for widespread adoption in the transportation sector of our country. However, questions as to why EVs should be adopted will be asked by critics. That is the question this thesis attempts to answer. Our global environment, specifically in our country is constantly dealing with environmental damage that pollutes our atmosphere and exposes us to natural disasters that lead to loss of life. The pollution that arising from the tailpipes of a vehicle that runs on fuel that is non-renewable is one of the largest contributors to this travesty. Electric vehicles attempt to dissolve this issue while still keeping modes of transportation as is. When such attributes are available to use, when and how we use them depends upon the law.

This thesis determines the drawbacks of traditional, fuel-burning vehicles, suggests how electric vehicles can make the environment a safer place, and most importantly, whether there are any incentives on the state level promoting the use of electric vehicles, as well as an in-depth study of any such incentives at the federal level and why there needs to be more. By comparing electric vehicles with traditional vehicles, as well as the infrastructure that is required to both fuel and build these vehicles, this thesis will clearly outline the benefits of electric vehicles and why it is dangerous to continue the use of fuel-burning vehicles. Thereafter this work will compare incentives from numerous states that are already in place and compare the progress on the state level to the federal level and why it is important that more federal incentives come into play.

Thesis Completion




Thesis Chair/Advisor

Consalo, Karen


Bachelor of Science (B.S.)


College of Community Innovation and Education


Legal Studies

Degree Program

Legal Studies



Access Status

Open Access

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