Virginia adopts crucial clean car standards


February 19, 2021

Noah Barnes, Plug In America
(323) 333-8010

Virginia adopts crucial clean car standards
HB 1965 will reduce tailpipe emissions, improve Virginia’s air quality and public health

LOS ANGELES—Today, Virginia passed HB 1965, making it the first state in the South to adopt the full clean car standards, including the zero-emission vehicle program. The full clean car program has been adopted by 12 other states, with Minnesota, New Mexico and Nevada also in the process to adopt the full program. The zero-emission vehicle program that is a part of the standards will give Virginians more access to clean electric vehicles.

In response, Plug In America Executive Director Joel Levin issued the following statement:

“We must transition to electrified transportation to reduce harmful greenhouse gas emissions and improve public health, particularly in low-income and disadvantaged communities, which are disproportionately affected. Not only are electric vehicles better for our air quality, but they also save consumers money on fuel and maintenance and offer a superior driving experience.

“We applaud Virginia for joining the other states that have adopted the full Advanced Clean Car Program. The zero-emission vehicle component of the program will give Virginians access to more electric vehicle models and increase the number of clean vehicles on the roads. We look forward to working with other states to follow their lead and adopt the clean car standards.”


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