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California will make Uber and Lyft nearly all-EV by 2030

by David Ferris, Governors’ Wind and Solar Energy Coalition


Highlights

  • The California Air Resources Board (CARB) released its Clean Miles Standard, a plan which works to regulate the emissions of ride-hailing services such as Uber and Lyft
  • Drivers for these companies tend to contribute to carbon emissions and traffic congestion because they are often driving around without passengers to transport
  • The new plan calls for the electrification of their fleet by 2030, regulates the emissions of miles driven by rail hailing drivers, and calls for these companies to invest in bike lanes and help improve public transportation
  • These new rules take effect in 2023

The Climate Center’s Climate-Safe California Campaign includes measures for clean transportation systems. For a safe and healthy future for all, endorse the Climate-Safe California Platform to implement scalable solutions that can reverse the climate crisis.


Read More: https://governorswindenergycoalition.org/calif-will-make-uber-and-lyft-nearly-all-ev-by-2030/

California set to require zero-emissions trucks but timeline lags science

by Hiroko Tabuchi, The New York Times


Highlights

The California Air Resource Board unanimously voted in a new rule requiring more than half of all trucks sold in the state to be zero-emissions by 2035

  • This rule is expected to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, improve air quality, and establish California as an EV manufacturing hub
  • 100% of trucks on the road will be electric by 2045
  • The Inland Empire in Southern California has been exposed to high levels of pollution due to mass amounts of delivery trucks, reaching up to 1,200 per hour
  • Due to increases in online shopping, areas such as the Inland Empire, that have many warehouse facilities will continue to experience emissions from diesel trucks
  • Though diesel trucks only make up 7% of vehicles registered in California, they cause 70% of smog and 80% of particulate matter pollution in the state
  • The removal of diesel trucks will eliminate 60,000 tons of nitrogen oxides, preventing more than 900 premature deaths and delivering at least $9 billion in public health benefits

Science demands that we eliminate the use of fossil fuels by 2030 to avoid worst-case climate impacts. The Climate Center’s Climate-Safe California campaign calls for clean mobility solutions, including a phase-out of all gas-powered vehicles to reach net-negative emissions by 2030.


Read More: https://www.nytimes.com/2020/06/25/climate/zero-emissions-trucks-california.html?referringSource=articleShare

CARB Chair: 100% Zero Emission Vehicle sales target in 2030 could be reality

By John Boesel, CALSTART


Highlights

California Air Resources Board (CARB) Chairman Mary Nichols emphasizes the importance of banning internal combustions engine (ICE) vehicles during the CALSTART California 2030 Policy Summit.

  • Nichols was previously opposed to the ban of ICE vehicles due to the potential backlash but stated at the Summit:

“I’ve become convinced of the need to send a longer-term signal of where we’re heading…If we can make it clear that it is the will of the legislature and [CARB], then there should be a clear end to [internal combustion engine] sales.”

  • California historically sets ambitious climate goals and targets and an ICE ban would be a major step for the state’s emissions reductions
  • If carmakers keep to their promise to produce more EVs, by 2023 there will be many more long-range electric and fuel cell vehicles available for sale 
  • Policy firm Energy Innovations issued a report suggesting California would need to establish an 80% Zero Emission Vehicle (ZEV) sales target by 2030 to meet its 2030 greenhouse gas reduction target
  • California produces more electric vehicles and has more electric vehicle-related jobs than the rest of the country

The Climate Center’s Climate-Safe California campaign calls for investments and bold policies to support clean mobility, including a phase-out of all gas-powered vehicles.


Read more: https://calstart.org/100-zev-sales-target-in-2030-reality/

California weighs controversial rule to tackle truck tailpipe pollution

by Rachel Becker, CalMatters

The California Air Resources Board decided Thursday to toughen a proposed rule that will require manufacturers to sell non-polluting trucks in the state. The new directive is to “put more zero-emission delivery, box trucks, & big-rigs on the road, reaching 100% [zero-emission vehicle] sales sooner for several segments,” Air Board Chair Mary Nichols said in a statement on Twitter. The decision came after environmentalist groups, residents from heavily polluted areas and six legislators pressured the board to make its new rule more ambitious. Revisions are expected to be ready for the board to review this spring.

Noemí Bueno’s daughter was barely 14 months old when she started struggling to breathe.

Read more: https://calmatters.org/environment/2019/12/california-controversial-advanced-clean-trucks-regulation-air-pollution/