On Monday, June 22, Nevada Governor Steve Sisolak and his administration announced the start of the rulemaking process that will eventually lead to Nevada adopting the Clean Car standards, which includes the zero-emission vehicle standard (ZEV standard). To date, eleven states have adopted this program, with Minnesota, New Mexico and Washington state soon to follow with full adoption of the program as well.
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In response, Plug In America Executive Director Joel Levin said: “Clean air is important to Nevadans. Transportation is a major contributor of air pollution, putting our public health at risk. Today’s announcement will make it easier for Nevada residents to switch to clean plug-in electric vehicles that have zero tailpipe emissions and will improve the air quality for all Nevadans. Electric vehicles are not only better for our air, but they’re also easier to maintain and are more fun to drive. We are very pleased that more Nevadans will be able to experience the many benefits of driving electric!”
The ZEV standard is a critical policy driver in accelerating adoption of these clean vehicles. There are currently more than 40 makes and models of electric vehicles (EVs) available to consumers in states that have adopted the ZEV standard, but nowhere near as many available to Nevadans. Adoption of this policy will lead to increased consumer choice in Nevada.
Policy Director Katherine Stainken said: “Electric vehicles are a win-win-win for Nevada. EVs save consumers money on fuel and maintenance costs – dollars that can be invested back into local economies and small businesses. On average, EVs save consumers and fleet operators about $770 a year in fuel costs per vehicle.”
Photo: Participants at the Nevada Transportation Electrification Forum in March 2020.