Presidential candidates’ statements on EVs
06.21.2019 - by Noah Barnes
Presidential candidates’ statements on EVs

As you may know, Plug In America has asked (and is following up with) the declared presidential candidates to see where they stand on electric vehicles. We will continue to update this blog post and send updates in our newsletter as additional candidates make statements. If you read a statement or hear from a candidate directly (Iowa and New Hampshire EV drivers, we’re looking at you!), contact us at

Below are all of the statements we have seen specific to electric vehicles, in alphabetical order.

Vice President Joe Biden has called for “ensuring 100% of new sales for light- and medium-duty vehicles will be electrified,” “support the deployment of more than 500,000 new public charging outlets by the end of 2030,” and “restore the full electric vehicle tax credit to incentivize the purchase of these vehicles.”

Sen. Mike Gravel wants to “expand intermodeal BUILD grants and develop new grants programs, including: electrification grants to accelerate the electrification of cars, trucks, buses, diesel rail lines, and shore power in port facilities.”

Sen. Kamala Harris has called for “accelerating the spread of electric vehicles, solar panels, and wind turbines.”

Gov. Jay Inslee has called for “100% zero emissions in new light- and medium-duty vehicles and all buses,” “an extended and expanded consumer Electric Vehicle Tax Credit,” “a new ‘Clean Cars for Clunkers’ program,” and “a massive investment to deploy electric vehicle charging infrastructure.”

Rep. Beto O’Rourke has called for “setting a trajectory to rapidly accelerate the adoption of zero-emission vehicles.”

Rep. Tim Ryan said, “There will be almost 30 million electric cars on the road by 2030… This stuff has to get built somewhere and I want everything built right here in the United States.”

Sen. Bernie Sanders has called for reducing “carbon pollution emissions from our transportation system by building out high-speed passenger rail, electric vehicles, and public transit.”

Rep. Joe Sestak wants to “improve access to electric cars (including by offering cash rebates in lieu of electric car tax credits so lower-income Americans can participate).”

Sen. Elizabeth Warren has called for a federal procurement of $1.5 trillion that “will cover a broad spectrum of products, from zero-emission vehicles to energy storage technology to heat pumps to energy efficient light bulbs.”

Marianne Williamson wants to “accelerate the production of electric vehicles, invest in charging infrastructure, and continue efforts to maximize fuel efficiency until we can move away from internal combustion engines.”

Updated 7/24/2019 to include a statement from Sen. Elizabeth Warren.

Updated 7/1/2019 to include statements from Sen. Mike Gravel, Sen. Kamala Harris, Rep. Joe Sestak, and Marianne Williamson.

Updated 6/27/2019 to include a statement from Rep. Tim Ryan.

Updated 6/26/2019 to include a statement from Sen. Bernie Sanders.


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