HOW GAS CAR PHASEOUT BOOSTS BEYOND-GASOLINE MOVEMENTOctober 16, 2020
PRESS RELEASESeptember 20, 2022
In October 2020, the US House and Senate introduced the Zero-Emission Vehicles Act of 2020 — companion bills that would require that all new passenger vehicles sold in the US be zero-emissions vehicles (electric or hydrogen powered) by 2035.
US Senator Jeff Merkley (D-OR), along with Elizabeth Warren, (D-MA), Bernie Sanders (I-VT), Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI) and Cory Booker (D-NJ) introduced the Senate’s Zero-Emission Vehicles (ZEV) Act. Representative Mike Levin (D-CA) introduced the House version, alongside Representatives Joe Neguse (D-CO), Earl Blumenauer (D-OR), Lisa Blunt Rochester (D-DE), Suzanne Bonamici (D-OR), Julia Brownley (D-CA), Judy Chu (D-CA), Emanuel Cleaver, II (D-MO), Mark DeSaulnier (D-CA), Anna G. Eshoo (D-CA), Jared Huffman (D-CA), Pramila Jayapal (D-WA), Barbara Lee (D-CA), Alan Lowenthal (D-CA), Jerry Nadler (D-NY), and Chellie Pingree (D-ME).
This bill would require that 50% of all new passenger vehicles sold in the US in 2025 are ZEVs. The requirement would ramp up 5% each year, to 100% of new vehicle sales by 2035. With 100% of new car sales being ZEVs in 2035, the vast majority of used cars would be ZEVs by 2045.
This legislation will provide certainty of a guaranteed market for electric vehicles by 2035, incentivizing automakers to invest in new makes and models of electric cars. It will spur governments and utilities to finance and build the necessary fueling infrastructure and grid upgrades. It will cut financing for new pipelines and oil drilling, and provide myriad other benefits.
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