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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

Washington State considers banning gas cars

By Sophie Bethune, American Psychological Association


Highlights:

Washington State considers banning internal combustion engine (“ICE”) vehicles by 2030.

  • The concept has been introduced in various countries such as Norway, the UK, and Denmark in efforts to lessen transportation emissions
  • The Washington bill, HB 2515, would ban the sale of new ICE cars by 2030, including hybrid vehicles
  • The bill was introduced after the legislative period ended, thereby missing the cut-off date for a vote, but still has momentum
  • Rural conservative leaders of the state have expressed opposition to the bill, citing lack of Electric Vehicle infrastructure, short battery range, and costs
  • Groups that are financially backed by fossil fuel companies– such as the Western States Petroleum Association and American Energy Alliance– oppose the bill

Transitioning from internal combustion engine cars to electric vehicles is a key component of The Climate Center’s clean mobility work in California.


Read More: https://www.eenews.net/stories/1062345205

Washington state moves closer to clean cars with key electric vehicle bills advancing in legislature

Highlights:

  • “The Senate voted 26-23 to pass SB 5811, a bill that would enable Washington to join the national Zero Emissions Vehicle (ZEV) program.”
  • The bill requires that automakers produce a minimum percentage of electric vehicles to be purchased.
  • HB 2515 requires that all 2030 and later car models produced be electric within Washington.

by Business Wire

The Washington State Legislature is moving swiftly to create a cleaner transportation system, with potentially enormous impacts on demand for gasoline, the state’s biggest source of carbon emissions. Today, the Senate voted 26-23 to pass SB 5811, a bill that would enable Washington to join the national Zero Emissions Vehicle (ZEV) program. Additionally, a bill requiring all new vehicles sold in the state to be electric by 2030 (HB 2515) was referred to the House Transportation Committee for a hearing.

Eleven states currently participate in the ZEV program, which requires that a minimum percentage of the passenger vehicles supplied by automakers be electric. By putting the responsibility on automakers to make more electric vehicles available, the program avoids fiscal impact on taxpayers.

Read more: https://www.businesswire.com/news/home/20200115005893/en/Washington-State-Moves-Closer-Clean-Cars-Key