Clean Cars 2030 (HB 1204) passed out of the Washington State House Transportation Committee by a vote of 17-12 on February 22. The next hurdle will be for the bill to pass the House Rules Committee before March 9.
This has been a challenging year for so many of us, and we have been so grateful for your support and engagement as a member of the movement for a gasoline-free America. Even in the face of all of the uncertainty and disruption of the last ten months, thanks to your support we have accomplished much to be proud of.
States, including California, Washington, New York and New Jersey, are moving forward with aggressive new regulations and bills to phase out sales of new gas cars by 2030 or 2035. Regions are stepping up, too. Silicon Valley is seeking to cut gasoline consumption in the region 50% by 2030, and Los Angeles aims to have 80% of new vehicles sold be electric by 2028.
A new poll conducted by Yale University, George Mason University and Climate Nexus found that 59 percent of Washington voters support a policy that would require cars and light trucks of model year 2030 or later be electric in order to be registered in Washington state.
Uber has pledged that vehicles on its ride-hailing platform will be zero-emission by 2030 in the United States, Canada and Europe, and across the globe by 2040. The company has 5 million drivers worldwide. It vowed to contribute $800 million through 2025 to help drivers switch to battery-powered vehicles, including discounts for vehicles bought or leased from its partner automakers, which currently include General Motors and the Renault, Nissan and Mitsubishi. Uber competitor Lyft has already made a similar commitment to have 100% EVs on its platform by 2030.
Coltura has published a law review article in the Michigan Journal of Environmental and Administrative Law identifying for the first time a legal path for all states to mandate that all new vehicles be electric. (It was previously thought that only California had legal authority to mandate EVs.) Coltura’s research discloses that state EV mandates can withstand federal preemption challenges if the reasons for enacting them are within the state’s authority. Such reasons include electric grid benefits, increased jobs and economic development, reduced storm water pollution from gasoline drips and leaks at gas stations, savings to consumers on vehicle maintenance, and downward pressure on electricity rates. States should avoid justifying electrification mandates on grounds within the federally-controlled areas of emissions reduction and fuel economy.
Menlo Park, California became the first city in the United States to set a goal of reducing gasoline sales within its borders. The goal is to reduce gasoline sales within the city by 10% a year from a 2018 baseline. The goal is an integral part of the city's climate action plan, which sets a path for the city to reach carbon neutrality by 2030.
The murder of George Floyd spotlights massive injustices in American society, and is motivating millions of Americans to reexamine race, policing, and injustice. Coltura stands in solidarity with those working to dismantle the systems of oppression and racism that have burdened black and brown people for centuries. Meanwhile, the economic divide widens, and the COVID-19 pandemic rages on, with disproportionate impacts on people of color.
How many gallons of gasoline are pumped in your city each year? Your city officials can’t tell you, because they don’t have the data. They don’t know which of their investments to reduce transportation emissions (such as EV charging infrastructure, public transit, e-bikes and e-scooters, EV ride & drives, and education campaigns) are having an impact on the city’s gasoline sales.They also don’t know which residents living near gas stations are exposed to the highest levels of carcinogenic benzene vapors.