States Pledge to Increase Electric Truck and Bus Usage

Five New England states sign on to agreement

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July 14, 2020 (BOSTON, MA) – Conservation Law Foundation (CLF) released the following statement today after governors of five New England states joined others around the country to accelerate the market for larger electric vehicles. The agreement sets a goal of at least 30 percent zero-emission vehicle sales by 2030, and 100 percent by 2050.

“Electric cars, trucks, and buses are the future,” said CLF Senior Attorney Emily Green. “Cutting transportation emissions to zero is a critical piece of confronting the climate crisis and protecting public health from toxic exhaust. This is yet another example of states leading the way while the federal government turns back the clock on environmental progress.”

Vehicles covered under the agreement include large pickup trucks and vans, delivery trucks, box trucks, school and transit buses, and long-haul delivery trucks.

Massachusetts, Rhode Island, Vermont, Maine, and Connecticut were joined by California, Colorado, Hawaii, Maryland, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Washington, and Washington, D.C in the agreement.

CLF experts are available for further comment.