Could your next car help you breathe easier? Yes—if it's electric. Pollution from fossil-fuel-burning cars and trucks is linked to respiratory problems like asthma. But electric vehicles emit no tailpipe exhaust, drastically reducing the amount of traffic-borne particulate matter—and pretty soon, EVs will be everywhere. "I think 2023 is going to be a major breakthrough year for electric vehicles," says Jeff Allen, executive director of Forth, an Oregon group working to advance electrification in transportation. "Electric vehicle sales have been setting records month after month [in 2022]."
Indeed, 2022 was the biggest-ever year for EVs, with sales reaching new heights as EVs continued to outpace their gas-fueled counterparts in the U.S. "People are definitely asking about electric vehicles," says John Scher, the operations manager at Rogers Auto Group in Chicago. He points to the GMC Hummer as an example of demand overtaking supply. "It's an all-electric SUV, and GMC took reservations for two years. We've been able to get one of them so far."