Allow hybrid and EVs to utilize HOV lanes as an incentive to owning a environmentally friendly car.
Janna L. Sylvest commented
In supporting a move from petroleum fueled cars to electric-fueled cars, I hope that people keep in mind that the lesser foot print is to reduce overall car ownership and use. The carbon footprint of producing a new car, whatever its fuel base, is enormous. Rapid, accessible, transit and pedestrian infrastructure is a better outcome than a change in the way cars are fueled. 78% of Manhattan residents do not own cars. Car co-ops, less cars per household, and less use of existing cars ... that's a worthwhile goal. The other thing to keep in mind is that electricity is only as "green" as the source used to generate the electricity. Most places in the world generate electricity from coal or nuclear sources. And even in BC, BC Hydro purchases a significant amount of power generated from natural gas burning generation plants. Additionally, hydro generation from water has enviromental impacts. The flooding of plains and wet lands, the disruption of fish habitat, etc. This is not to say that electric cars are "evil", it's to say that transit and pedestrian-friendly corridors to and from transit, are better. And that we really need to get over the idea that the production (and resource consumption) of a thing that we own individually and use entirely for personal use, keeping it all to ourselves, is a path to green.
Ban Electric vehicles from the streets of Vancouver! They do nothing to reduce pollution, they only move pollution from the tail-pipe to the factory smoke-stack. And being so quiet, they are an extreme hazard to pedestrians and cyclists. Hybrids are often just as quiet and should be banned too!