Clean Cars Policy

 
 
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Coltura’s clean car advocacy focuses on gasoline car phaseout legislation -- that is, legislation providing that, starting with a certain model-year, all new vehicles sold will be clean and not powered by gasoline. Germany, India, Norway and the Netherlands have already approved laws or plans to stop selling new gas-powered vehicles by or before 2030, and the UK and France plan to do so by 2040. 

Coltura led a coalition in California in the 2018 legislative session supporting Assemblyman Phil Ting’s bill, AB 1745, to phase out the sale of new gas passenger vehicles starting with model-year 2040 vehicles. The 2018 legislation in California did not move forward, but Coltura is already building a bigger and stronger coalition to pass phaseout legislation in California, Washington and other states.  

There are many economic, environmental and public health reasons to support phaseout legislation

Health:

·         Addresses vehicle emissions, a major contributor to air pollution, responsible for 54,000 premature deaths a year in the U.S., as well as increased rates of asthma, heart and lung diseases, dementia and cancers.

 

Environment:

·         Addresses transportation emissions, the single biggest source of human-caused carbon dioxide emissions.

·         Reduces the environmental destruction (including spills, explosions, habitat disruption, and land, air and water contamination) connected with oil exploration, drilling, extraction, transportation, refining, use and waste product disposal.

·         Decreases the market for gasoline and the crude oil it comes from, removing the financial basis for oil exploration and drilling projects.

Business/Economy:

·         Sends a clear signal that the gasoline era is ending. The phase-out date creates certainty for investors, automakers and parts suppliers, the EV charging industry, utilities and governments that the shift to clean vehicles will happen, helping them plan for the transition and ensure it takes place in a smooth, orderly fashion.

·         Puts American businesses, utilities, and government on the leading edge of the EV revolution; helps ensure American EV automakers, EV charging infrastructure companies, battery companies, EV startups, and EV-related products and services companies remain competitive as the global trend towards vehicle electrification continues.

·         Benefits the American electronic industry -- EVs have $4,000 more in electronics than equivalent gas cars.

·         Ultimately saves $15 billion/year in health and climate costs in California alone from smog, soot and climate pollution of vehicle emissions.

·         Moves billions of dollars to the domestic economy from crude oil (mostly imported from OPEC countries and Alaska).

·         Provides a much greater measure of local control over pricing and sources of transportation fuel; insulates drivers from volatile oil prices.

 

Environmental Justice/Economic Justice:

·         Enables millions of people (2.5 million in Southern California alone), mostly communities of color, who live near roadways, to breathe cleaner air.

·         Helps avoid the health impacts of gas car emissions, including  asthma, heart and lung disease, dementia and cancers, and related educational, financial, and quality-of-life detriments.

·         Expands options for low income residents to lower their vehicle fuel costs via discounted electricity rates and discounted solar panels and solar for affordable housing (vs gasoline, which costs the same for everyone).

Household Economics:

·         Lowers total costs of vehicle ownership, primarily via lower fuel costs and less maintenance for EVs. Lowers electricity rates for all – not only those who drive an electric vehicle.

·         Lowers health care costs, through fewer doctor visits for patients and lowered health insurance premiums and tax burdens for the broader public.

·         Enables savings of many hours spent on gas station fill-ups and mechanical car maintenance.

 

Electric Grid:

·         Enables more clean, renewable electricity on the grid, with EVs acting as battery storage units.

·         Enables avoidance of costs of building new power plants.

·         Enables reduction of grid operating costs by balancing supply and demand.

·         Supports emergency-response situations (in which power can be provided from EV batteries).

·         Enables EVs to serve as battery storage for the grid.

 

Taxpayer Benefits:

·         Provides the cheapest, most effective policy to get more clean cars on the road with no taxpayer outlay.  To the extent there is cost, it is placed on automakers, not on government.

 

Political Control:

·         Reduces America’s need to risk the lives of troops to secure supplies of oil.

·         Loosens the oil lobby’s grip on politicians.

 

Jobs:

·         Creates hundreds of thousands of jobs related to transportation electrification in areas such as auto design and manufacture, charging infrastructure, public awareness/education, grid upgrades and operation, battery manufacture, electronics/software, research and development and innovation.

·         Economic growth from fuel cost savings increases average real wages and employment across the economy (even for those who don’t buy a new EV). On average, a dollar saved at the gas pump and spent on the other goods and services that households want creates 16 times more jobs.

·         Expands fuel supply work from a few giant corporations that have controlled the fuel system for decades to create new companies and job opportunities.

 

Morality:

·         Creates moral clarity around rejection of gasoline as a fuel. Solidifies  position that it would be irresponsible and immoral to keep using a fuel that is a primary source of air pollution killing thousands annually and of carbon pollution, when there are clean alternatives.