support clean cars!

Imagine if you had the choice to drive any model of vehicle you wanted, without polluting the air and contributing to climate change. 

Clean alternatives to gas cars, predominantly electric vehicles (EVs), are already viable for many people. With EVs, our fuel dollars are spent on local electricity that's clean and getting cleaner, rather than on foreign oil. Improvements in affordability, variety (including SUVs and trucks) and EV charging infrastructure are in the works. To speed up the transition, we need policy ensuring a market for these cleaner cars.

California is working on that policy. After Coltura called for legislation to phase out gas vehicles, California Assembly Member Phil Ting introduced AB 1745, the “Clean Cars 2040” Act. (Click here for the AB 1745 Fact Sheet, and here for Coltura’s op ed supporting the bill.)

This bill would require that, starting with model-year 2040, in California new cars must be zero emissions vehicles (ZEVs). Californians would be able to keep, drive, sell and buy model-year 2039 and earlier gas cars without restriction.

The legislation’s impact could reach far beyond California. Nine other states (Connecticut, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Jersey, New York, Oregon, Rhode Island and Vermont) follow California’s ZEV mandate. Together they represent nearly 30% of new auto sales in the U.S.

While Coltura’s position is that gas cars can and must be phased out by 2030, we supported the legislation, on grounds that a 2040 sunset date is a positive first step toward creating market certainty and enabling a smooth, orderly, fair transition. California is known for meeting environmental deadlines years ahead of schedule, and we believe we can help make that happen with the gas car phaseout.

The bill did not move forward in the 2018 legislative session, largely due to opposition from the oil industry, but Coltura is working to ensure that clean cars legislation is introduced in 2019. Big changes take time, and this will be a multi-year effort.

Coltura continues to grow the Yes Clean Cars coalition of organizations and individuals pushing for a faster transition to clean cars. Your support is critical to put us on a speedy path to better health, cleaner air, a stronger economy and a more sustainable existence.

WHAT TO DO:

Sign the petition on the Yes Clean Cars site calling on the state of California to ensure that, by 2040, all new passenger vehicle sold in the state are clean vehicles.

Contact us here or at info@coltura.org to find out how you can help ensure that clean cars legislation passes in California in 2019.