Gov. Gavin Newsom on Aug. 5 praised President Joe Biden administration’s move to advance smart fuel efficiency and emissions standards and set a target to make half of all new vehicles sold in 2030 zero-emission vehicles.
The proposed new standards are inspired by the groundbreaking California Framework Agreements, signed by the state with five major automakers in 2019 to serve as a path forward for clean vehicle standards nationwide in the face of Trump administration rollbacks.
“California applauds the Biden Administration’s move to boldly reduce climate pollution from cars, inspired by California’s nation-leading framework,” Newsom said. “The climate emergency demands no less. Today’s proposal will help to clean the air and create a healthier future for our children.”
California led the charge to challenge the Trump administration rollbacks and continued reducing emissions, launching a sustained litigation campaign and joining a coalition of states calling for a strong, federal clean car standard.
The state made a historic commitment to require that sales of all new passenger vehicles be zero-emission by 2035 and aggressively decarbonize heavy-duty vehicles such as trains, trucks and buses. California has targeted emissions from the heavy-duty sector with bold action to reduce pollution in disproportionately impacted communities. The California Comeback Plan includes a $3.9 billion package to accelerate the state’s zero-emission vehicle goals and funding for clean vehicle infrastructure and to help drive consumer adoption of such vehicles.
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