PROP 30 COALITION APPLAUDS CARB’S NEW CLEAN CARS DEADLINE

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

August 25, 2022

Deborah Camiel | (818) 299-3656 | deborah@50p1.com

PROP 30 COALITION APPLAUDS CARB’S NEW CLEAN CARS DEADLINE 

Proposition 30 Will Solve Affordability and Charging Infrastructure Challenges That Remain

Sacramento, CA – Today, Clean Air California, the coalition supporting Proposition 30, welcomed the California Air Resources Board’s new rule banning the sale of new gasoline-powered vehicles by 2035 and setting aggressive benchmarks for manufacturers to hit in the intervening years. The coalition hailed the deadline and said Prop 30 would help California reach its new goal. 

“This could be a game-changer for vehicle emissions in California and the rest of the world,” the Prop. 30 coalition said in a statement. “But electric vehicles remain unaffordable for the vast number of Californians and the state lacks the charging infrastructure to support more of them on the road. Prop 30 provides that critical infrastructure and financial help to consumers to make sure they can afford EVs and we can achieve this all-important transition to clean transport.”

Affordability and convenient charging are the two biggest obstacles to a rapid and large-scale adoption of zero-emission vehicles (ZEVs). Prop 30, which provides $100 billion over 20 years for rebates on ZEVs and charging stations, is a crucial step to ensuring that California can meet CARB’s ambitious new regulation. The measure directs at least half of its ZEV-related funding to low-income and disadvantaged communities that are most likely to live near transportation corridors choked with exhaust from fossil-fuel-burning vehicles.

While CARB’s rules regulate newly manufactured cars in California, they do not stop drivers from continuing to drive existing gas-powered cars and trucks. Prop 30 provides the incentive to make the switch — accelerating our transition to clean cars and all of the accompanying benefits: restoring California’s clean air, improving public health, tackling our climate crisis, and doing it all sooner and more equitably. 

“The new CARB rule is a great step in the right direction and Prop 30 is the bridge connecting ZEVs to low- and middle-income Californians,” the coalition said. “Its consumer rebates for light-, medium-, and heavy-duty vehicles will accelerate us towards CARB’s aggressive timeline, put millions more Californians behind the wheel of a ZEV, and help to avert the worst-case scenarios of climate change.”

Recent polling shows that Californians support Prop 30 by an overwhelming majority and want the state to take bold action on climate change and keep our air clean and safe to breathe. The measure also includes provisions for fighting and preventing extreme wildfires. 

Clean Air California is a broad coalition of environmental, labor, public health, environmental justice, and business groups throughout the state. Members include California Environmental Voters, the Natural Resources Defense Council, the American Lung Association, the Californian Democratic Party, the Union of Concerned Scientists, Lyft, the Center for Community Action and Environmental Justice, the State Building and Construction Trades Council of California, CAL FIRE Local 2881, and many more.

For more information about Clean Air California, visit www.YESon30.org.

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