The U.S. transportation sector is the largest national source of emissions, and burning fossil fuels in vehicles contributes to well-documented public health hazards like lung disease, stroke, and premature death. Because a typical car, truck, SUV, or motorcycle may operate for one or two decades, transportation sector decarbonization requires all new cars sold to be fully electric within the next decade. Significantly increasing electric vehicle adoption requires significant investments in ubiquitous charging infrastructure, rate design to encourage off-peak charging, along with numerous other policies to support an equitable transition for all consumers and businesses.
Electric vehicle sales are growing exponentially thanks to rapid battery innovation, policy support, and automaker commitments. But the transition won’t happen fast enough to meet global climate goals without stronger policies. This report provides a policy roadmap for capturing the climate, economic, and public health benefits of EVs including ZEV sales standards of 60 percent of new passenger vehicles by 2030 and 100 percent by 2035, increasingly stringent tailpipe emissions standards, equitable consumer incentives, and supply-chain development.
The Inflation Reduction Act’s (IRA) ground transportation provisions could jumpstart America’s electric vehicle (EV) industry, create good-paying U.S. jobs, and get more zero-emission vehicles on the road. This report explains the most impactful EV policies, examines recent independent modeling investigating the IRA’s transportation sector impacts, and recommends further regulatory action and state policy to ensure the U.S. can swiftly transition to an electrified transportation future and meet our climate goals.
Updated California Energy Policy Simulator research finds California must more than triple its decarbonization rate to meet state climate goals. EPS modeling identifies a proven set of climate strategies that could cut emissions 47 percent, add $28 billion to the state’s economy, create 170,000 jobs, prevent 26,000 asthma attacks, and save households an average of $1,500 in 2030.
New research shows used electric vehicles in California are cheaper to own than comparable used gas-powered cars over an average ownership period, and are up to 40 percent cheaper when the maximum incentive under the state’s Clean Cars 4 All program is applied, paving the way for adoption by lower and middle-income consumers. The report also includes policy recommendations for accelerating electric vehicle adoption and creating good-paying jobs.
Electrifying every new car and truck sold in the U.S. by 2035 would save consumers $2.7 trillion and create more than 2 million jobs by 2035, but these benefits will only be realized with greater policy ambition including strong national fuel economy and tailpipe emissions standards for all vehicle classes.
New research shows not only is it technologically feasible to electrify every new car and truck sold in the U.S. by 2035, it would also save consumers $2.7 trillion and support more than 2 million jobs, but these benefits will not be realized without smart policy.
This report summarizes proposed solutions from leading experts to address the primary barriers to increasing electric vehicle charging access for multi-unit dwellers in California to reduce emissions while also promoting equity.
Modeling of California’s Advanced Clean Trucks rule shows it will generate more than $7 billion in savings through 2040, yielding tremendous public health benefits valued at $9 billion dollars. When using a battery cost closer to those observed for passenger vehicles, these savings rise to more than $12 billion through 2040.