We at Plug In America believe (as I am sure you do too), that the time has come for the United States to start seriously planning for the full transition to electric drive. Most major car-buying countries have already begun to plan for a phase-out of new ICE vehicles and we need to do the same.
A key factor, of course, will be the level of commitment of our next president. Whoever we choose in 2020 must have the vision to put us on an aggressive path to going fully electric.
To help inform you how the various candidates feel about EVs—and to make sure they know that people care about this a LOT—we have just sent letters to every declared candidate for president, asking them their views about EVs and specifically asking if they will publicly commit themselves to working for a full transition to new plug-in electric cars and trucks by 2040, with a set of ambitious interim targets along the way and programs that will help us get there.
As we receive responses, we will share them with you. Until we do, however, we need your help. We invite all of you, our readers, to also ask the candidates their views on EVs, whether by mail or face-to-face if you happen to have the opportunity (especially our loyal readers in New Hampshire and Iowa) and let us know what they say.
Update 4/23/2019: Below is the text of the letter sent to declared candidates.
I am writing to you as the Executive Director of Plug In America, the national consumer voice for electric vehicles. We represent the concerns of the 1.2 million Americans who drive electric cars, plus the millions of others who are thinking about making the switch.
There has been much discussion this electoral season about a Green New Deal. A program to transition our transportation sector from petroleum to clean, domestically-produced electricity will certainly need to be an element of any such initiative.
There are numerous benefits to electric vehicles. They have sharply reduced climate impact and produce no local air pollution. They benefit the local economy because they only run on domestically-produced electricity, rather than imported oil—keeping fuel dollars local and creating local jobs in the solar, electrical and utility sectors. They support American manufacturing, since electric vehicles are mostly built in the USA, rather than imported. And they save Americans money on fuel and maintenance.
As a candidate for President of the United States, we would like to hear your views about electric vehicles. In particular, we would ask for your public commitment to a goal of shifting sales of all new cars and trucks to plug-in electrics no later than 2040—along with a set of ambitious interim targets and programs that will put us on target. We believe that this is an achievable goal, given that most major car markets around the world have already committed to a phase-out of new internal combustion engine cars including: China, Denmark, France, Germany, India, Ireland, Israel, Netherlands, Norway, Spain, Sweden, and the United Kingdom.
We at Plug In America appreciate your leadership on climate change and clean energy and would be pleased to meet with you in person to discuss this further.
Thank you in advance for your consideration, and we look forward to your response.
Plug In America