News has broken out in recent days that may well inject rocket fuel into the booming electric vehicle economy.
On September 20, Massachusetts and Washington came together in a webinar to reveal joint plans to reduce sales of new gas-powered vehicles by 2035. That’s when car sales at new gasoline must now cease. And on Sept. 23, GM and Hertz announced an agreement to add 175,000 diverse electric vehicles over the next five years (per Reuters).
Washington Governor Jay Inslee actually leaked this news four weeks ago when he tweeted that Evergreen State would follow California into the future by ceasing gasoline engine production for the next 13 years.
The partnership presentation (in line with New York City’s Climate Week) outlined how the two states will follow California’s lead in planning to limit new fuel-powered vehicles and incentivize electric car companies to name of the fight against climate change.
This is a crucial step in our fight against climate change. Washington has set in law a goal for all new car sales to be zero emissions by 2030 and we are ready to adopt California’s regulations by the end of this year. https://t.co/r6jchISD7O
— Governor Jay Inslee (@GovInslee) August 24, 2022
California created the Advance Clean Cars program “to guide the development of environmentally responsible cars that will continue to deliver the performance, utility, and safety that car owners expect.”
“We’re second in the country for EV adoption, which just goes to show that we have incredible potential to accelerate rapidly as ACC-1 and ACC-2 come into effect,” Joel Creswell, head of the Washington climate policy section at the Department of Ecology, said during the presentation.
Not only does this direct electric vehicle production in the Golden State, which under the Clean Air Act has already allowed 17 additional states and the District of Columbia to adopt the same standards, but these rules are intended to allow both a transition to electric vehicles in the public and private sectors.
“It’s only with the support of the private sector now adopting (zero-emission electric vehicles) into their fleets and building this charging infrastructure that we’re able to do that,” Creswell said.
Knowing that the government has promised to build electric vehicle infrastructure encourages companies like GM and Hertz to make huge long-term investments in the manufacture and use of battery-powered cars, which in turn , aims to create a critical mass of consumers. .
“We give consumers the opportunity to try an electric vehicle before they buy it by renting one from Hertz. We give companies the opportunity to reduce their carbon footprint by renting an electric vehicle when their employees are on the road. We work closely with our airport partners, ensuring there is sufficient electrical infrastructure and bringing chargers not only to Hertz locations but also to the general public,” said Steve Schur, Vice President, government affairs and EV strategy at Hertz.
Not only is it a joint effort toward a more sustainable future for the planet, but it aims to elevate the localities that can benefit from the adoption of electric vehicles. In addition to meeting Massachusetts’ climate goals, Kirby highlighted the state’s “focus on environmental justice,” which includes transitioning diesel vehicles like school and transit buses to electric, thereby benefiting to “communities that can be overburdened by air pollution”.
According to Reuters, Hertz Senior Vice President Jeff Nieman said that if the car rental company plans to offer electric vehicles on its network, priority will go to smog-affected urban areas, such as Los Angeles, San Francisco, Miami and Orlando. The news agency reported that Hertz estimates customers could travel more than 8 billion miles in GM’s 175,000 electric vehicles, potentially saving about 1.8 million tons of carbon dioxide equivalent emissions by replacing their petrol cousins.