Transportation Electrification

Increase electric vehicles (EVs) among Westborough residents to 20% of the total registered vehicles by 2030, consistent with Commonwealth of Massachusetts goals.

LEARN

Westborough’s transportation sector accounts for roughly a third of the town’s total greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, 86% of which are from personal cars and trucks.

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The emissions are due to the burning of gas and diesel (fossil fuels) in internal combustion engines. Westborough hopes to lower its annual transportation sector GHG emissions by 26% by 2030. The rapid adoption of electric vehicles by town residents is the most straightforward path to achieving this goal. It is also important that the electricity used to charge the vehicles comes from renewable sources. Westborough provides renewable energy to residents through its Power Choice program.

In addition to their very low pollution rates, electric vehicles have significantly fewer parts and require less maintenance than gas or diesel vehicles, make less noise when driven, and have top safety ratings.

Keep in mind that of the 16,000 registered vehicles in Westborough, there are approximately 1,300-1,500 new cars registered each year. Newly purchased vehicles stay in use for 10-15 years, which means that every new electric vehicle purchased by Westborough car buyers would significantly reduce GHG emissions for more than a decade. On the flip side, every newly purchased gas or diesel-burning vehicle will continue polluting until the end of its life.

 

ACT

Westborough Town will take steps to:

  • Transition its municipal fleet to hybrid and to all electric over 10 years

  • Help residents learn about

  • The benefits of electric vehicles

  • Government programs which encourage electric vehicle purchases

  • Create an electric vehicle charging plan for the town

  • Ensure that electric vehicle charging stations are installed in sufficient quantity to support the 45% of residents who do not have access to charging equipment where they live

  • Adopt methods for tracking GHG from residential vehicles

  • Partner with Central Mass Regional Planning Commission (CMRPC) and neighboring towns to develop networks of support

These volunteer-led projects also move Westborough closer to its Transportation Electrification goals:

 
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Electric Vehicle Charging Plan

Develop a plan and suggest policies for community-wide deployment of electric vehicle charging stations, focusing on employers and multi-unit dwellings.

 

TRACK

Transportation sector GHG emissions due to fossil-fuel powered vehicles which burn gasoline or diesel account for approximately 31% of the community’s greenhouse gas emissions.  The vast majority of these emission are from personal light duty vehicles.  Westborough has a target of reducing the annual GHG emissions to a maximum of 55,500 MtCO2e by 2030 which is a 26% decrease, consistent with the Massachusetts reduction goal.

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