California needs Prop 30 to equitably meet its zero-emission vehicle goals.


California needs Prop 30 to equitably meet its zero-emission vehicle goals. 

1.  Nadia Lopez for CalMatters explains Prop 30 in one minute: 

  • More than 90% of Californians breathe unhealthy air. Governor Newsom has ordered the ban of all new gas-powered cars by 2035, but who will pay for it?  
  • Prop 30 puts the responsibility of the electric vehicle transition on those who can most afford it, rather than low- and middle-income families.  

2.  California bans sales of new gas-powered cars by 2035. Now the real work begins.

  • The transition to electric vehicles won’t be easy, and huge uncertainties remain.
  • Cost is one. An electric vehicle still costs far more than an equivalent gasoline vehicle. According to Kelley Blue Book, the average EV sold for $66,000 in July, compared with $48,000 for the average internal combustion vehicle.
  • Charging is another issue. While homeowners can install their own EV charger in a garage, most people who live in apartment buildings and condos don’t have that option.

Prop. 30 proposes a progressive tax on annual income above $2 million in order to create a statewide EV charging network, help millions more Californians afford an electric vehicle purchase, and reduce catastrophic wildfires throughout the state.

The Clean Air California coalition supporting Prop 30 has experts on California wildfires, public health, air quality, environmental justice, and climate change available to speak with the press. Contact Deborah Camiel at 818-299-3656 or

For more on Prop 30, go to YESon30.