Statement on New IGS Poll Showing Support for Zero-emission Vehicles

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Oct. 7, 2022
Deborah Camiel | (818) 299-3656 | deborah@50p1.com

Statement on New IGS Poll Showing Support for Zero-Emission Vehicles
Proposition 30 Will Jumpstart EV Transition by Expanding EV Rebates and Charging Network

Los Angeles, CA – A new survey from the Los Angeles Times and the UC Berkeley Institute of Governmental Studies finds that a majority of California voters support the state’s transition from gas-powered vehicles towards an electric fleet, though only 20% of consumers plan to purchase an electric vehicle (EV) as their next car. Cost remains the number one issue impeding Californians hoping to make the switch to EVs. A spotty statewide public charging network also remains a top concern

“We know that transitioning away from gas-powered cars is one of the most effective and immediate climate action steps we can take,” Clean Air California, the coalition supporting Proposition 30, said in a statement. “The majority of Californians support CARB’s EV mandate, but with an average ticket price of $66K, many Californians can’t afford to buy an electric vehicle. Proposition 30 bridges that gap, increasing consumer purchasing power through rebates and financial incentives. It also boosts consumer confidence in the EV market by installing charging and fueling stations where they work, live, and play.”

Proposition 30, on the ballot this November, will accelerate California’s transition to a clean transportation system by removing the two biggest obstacles to EV purchasing — cost and charging convenience. 45% of the revenue from the measure will go towards rebates, grants, and financial assistance for light-, medium- and heavy-duty EVs, making EV purchasing more affordable for low- and middle-income Californians. An additional 35% of the revenue will be dedicated to dramatically expanding the EV charging infrastructure.

The California Air Resources Board (CARB) recently mandated that all new cars and light trucks sold in the state be EVs by 2035. At present, with only 16% of cars on the road zero-emission vehicles, the state is not on track to meet that deadline.

Clean Air California estimates that in the first year after Prop 30’s passage, over 500,000 apartment buildings and houses will be equipped with ZEV chargers — enough to charge over 50% of ZEVs deployed to date. The initiative will play a central role in making ZEVs accessible to some 20 million Californians who could not otherwise afford them, reducing the greenhouse gas emissions of the transportation sector by up to 70% by 2035.

For additional background on the ballot initiative, visit www.yeson30.org.