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2020

Electric Vehicles Could Save New Mexicans Billions of Dollars

[SANTA FE, NM] - New Mexicans can save more than $20 billion through 2050 by moving from gas-powered cars to electric vehicles (EVs), according to a new report. The resulting reduced air pollution would provide an additional $5 billion in benefits, while widespread EV adoption would reduce all utility customer bills by nearly $5 billion, adding up to a total of $30 billion saved. 

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