SEATTLE, February 23, 2021 / PRNewswire / – Washington made history when the State Chamber’s Transportation Committee voted yesterday afternoon to advance legislation that calls for all passenger and light vehicles sold in the state as electric vehicles (EVs). Presented by Rep. Nicole Macri (D-Seattle), Clean Cars 2030 (HB 1204) sets the first target for phasing out gas cars for 2030 in the country.
“This vote is based on our incredible record here in Washington leading on major climate issues, “said Mr Macri.” Clean Cars 2030 puts Washington on the path to supplying its vehicles with cheap, clean and renewable electricity produced in the state and reduces the threat that oil and gasoline pose to our air and water, and health. “
“This is the first time in history that a state legislature has voted to end the use of gasoline,” he said. Matthew Metz, executive co-director of Collecting, the nonprofit organization that leads a coalition of organizations gathering around this bill. “By setting a target date for the transition to electric vehicles, Clean Cars 2030 creates clarity around the future growth of the state’s electric vehicle market. We will not rest until this bill becomes law.”
Since Clean Cars 2030 was introduced, GM has announced plans to sell only zero-emission models by 2035, and Ford said it would only sell electric vehicles in Europe by 2030. The approval of the Clean Cars 2030 bill will serve as a model for other states to make an accelerated shift to EVs, putting more of the US in line with countries around the world who are pushing for the phasing out of gas vehicles in 2030, a critical step towards meeting urgent carbon reduction targets. This will also give the Biden administration an advantage in negotiating with car manufacturers on an accelerated schedule for phasing out a national gas car, providing additional certainty for the industry that the future of all electric vehicles is near and that investment it will be profitable.
More information about Clean Cars 2030 is available at www.coltura.org/washington-clean-cars.
Coltura is working to improve climate, health and equality, accelerating the transition from gasoline and diesel to cleaner alternatives. He focuses on changing gasoline supply, demand and culture through innovative legal and political paths, media and art. Learn more at www.coltura.org.