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Washington State voters support transition to electric cars by 2030

from Coltura


Highlights

  • New polling shows that 59% of voters in Washington state support policy that would require cars and light trucks from 2030 or later be electric in order to be registered in-state
  • These voters believe that this policy would have positive results in efforts to fight climate change and would benefit the health of Washington residents
  • This comes after California Governor Gavin Newsom announced banning gas cars in his state by 2035, five years after a Washington policy may take effect
  • The potential bill, “Clean Cars 2030,” would require that all new passenger vehicles be electric by 2030
  • Matthew Metz, co-executive director of Coltura believes this law would not require large sums of money to be spent by the state:

“It achieves these goals with minimal government spending by creating large, guaranteed EV markets that will incentivize the private sector to invest heavily in electric vehicles and charging infrastructure.”


The Climate Center’s Climate-Safe California Platform includes solutions for clean mobility to cut greenhouse gas emissions from transportation. Governor Newsom’s recent Executive Order N-79-20 banning the sale of new gas-powered cars and trucks by 2035 is a great first step, but more is needed to secure climate stability. The Climate Center released a requested Executive Order in alignment with our Climate-Safe California Platform shortly before the Governor’s announcement. 


Read More: https://www.coltura.org/coltura-news/2020/10/7/washington-state-voters-support-transition-to-electric-cars-by-2030

Getting lighter and faster, e-bikes reach cruising speed

by Dimitra Kessenides, Bloomberg Businessweek 


Highlights

  • The COVID-19 pandemic has resulted in an increased interest in electric bicycles, or e-bikes for short, as a sustainable mode of transportation and exercise
  • Specialized Bicycle Components Inc., based in Morgan Hill, California, built their first e-bike in 2013. They now have seven e-bike models and their sales have doubled over the past three years
  • Owner Mike Sinyard believes the electric vehicle of the future will be e-bikes:

“There are analysts saying that the most important EV isn’t cars but bicycles”

  • Though they are surging in popularity, e-bikes are still pricey for some consumers 
  • Anisha Sharma, the lead for Deloitte’s Tech, predicts the number of bikers is likely to decrease this year due to work from home and lockdown mandates 
  • However, increases in city and suburban density may help push e-bikes forward as an alternative over a second car

The Climate Center’s Climate-Safe California campaign includes supporting clean mobility by working with partners to establish incentives that will help cities safely weave carbon-free technologies like electric bikes into their infrastructure.


Read more: https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2020-05-15/lighter-and-faster-e-bikes-may-start-replacing-second-family-car?sref=ABTRBDIh

Proposed California law would fast-track environmentally sustainable transit

by Carolyn Said, The San Francisco Chronicle 


Highlights

  • Sen. Scott Wiener (D-San Francisco) will unveil SB288, the Sustainable Transportation COVID-19 Recovery Act, which would streamline alternative transportation infrastructure projects
  • The proposed bill would fast track sustainable transportation projects that would typically take months or years for approval due to the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA)
  • This bill would not provide any incentives or benefits to cars but would update transit stations, bus rapid transit lines, safer streets for biking and walking, repairs for bridge and transit storage, and new electric vehicle charging infrastructure
  • Labor and environmental groups are supportive of the bill, which as of now is receiving no opposition
  • Carl Guardino, CEO of the Silicon Valley Leadership Group, sees this bill as an opportunity to jump-start the economy post-pandemic and provide many other benefits to California:

“Fast-tracking some of California’s most sustainable transportation and complete streets projects would bring jobs, revive local economies, and result in improved safety, less pollution, reduced traffic and enhanced public health.” 


The Climate Center’s Climate-Safe California campaign calls for clean mobility solutions, including a phase-out of all gas-powered vehicles.


Read More: https://www.sfchronicle.com/bayarea/article/Proposed-California-law-would-fast-track-15339569.php

Electric trucks are the ‘inevitable future,’ fleets say

By Jim Stinson, Utility Dive


Highlights

  • Many EV truck manufacturers have preorders to help replace traditional fleets. Nikola has 14,000 trucks on preorder, with the first delivery of battery-electric trucks to European fleets expected in 2021 
  • Though the price of oil has dropped significantly over the past few months, fleets are still committed to transitioning to battery-powered trucks to keep on track with company environmental goals:

“Our target customers are typically very large and often global enterprises, and they need our battery-electric vehicles (BEVs) and our fuel-cell electric vehicles (FCEVs) … in order to meet their announced strategic environmental, social and governance commitments,” -Nikola Motor president Mark Russell 

  • One example is Toyota, which has a plan to reduce its vehicle emissions by 90% by 2050
  • Battery costs have declined as much as 80% over the last decade and are expected to decline by an additional 50% over the next decade, making EVs cheaper than gas vehicles by 2030
  • Fleet management company Samsara released survey results of 300 fleet managers, with 90% agreeing that EVs are the future of commercial fleets
  • The survey also found 85% of electric truck owners said traditional vehicles cost more than electric trucks to maintain and half of fleet managers surveyed would use the cost savings to increase pay for their drivers

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://www.utilitydive.com/news/Electric-Class-8-trucks-CARB-2020-coronavirus/578211/?for-guid=63e868fa-1cf5-4fa7-b26b-b327793d1d86