Joint statement on behalf of EVHybridNoire, the Electrification Coalition, Forth, and Plug In America on Biden Administration’s Zero-Emissions Executive Order

We commend the Biden Administration for issuing the Executive Order targeting 50 percent of all new passenger car and light-duty truck sales to be zero-emission vehicles (ZEVs) by 2030, in addition to releasing guidance to the Department of Transportation (DOT) and Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to move forward with proposals to strengthen federal tailpipe-pollution standards that will move the nation closer to an equitable and just transportation electrification future, consistent with the Paris Agreement climate goals.

The Administration’s push for ZEVs and stricter tailpipe-emissions standards will lead to a significant improvement in air quality, especially for historically excluded communities, as the Administration seeks to also eliminate 50 percent of economy-wide emissions by 2030. These efforts must be complemented by a robust charging network capable of supporting the millions of vehicles these targets represent, investments in research and development, purchase incentives, workplace charging, and incentives to expand electric vehicle manufacturing and supply chains nationwide.

Electric vehicles and other e-mobility solutions will increasingly provide a cleaner and greener transportation future that helps address health, environmental, workforce and economic disparities, particularly for underrepresented communities that have been negatively impacted first and worst for decades by fossil fuel pollution-emitting vehicles, while improving our national security by reducing our dependence on oil. In order to realize that vision, we have to advance bold plans like the Executive Order signed by the President and ensure that, together, the Bipartisan Infrastructure Package and the Reconciliation Package fully fund the advancement of EVs at the $174 billion level proposed in the American Jobs Plan.

While there is room to enhance the Executive Order, the Administration has strategically positioned the United States to capitalize on clean transportation technology through innovative job growth, increased economic competitiveness, and substantial improvements to environmental quality and public health, especially for Americans often left out of these initiatives, including communities of color, children, older adults, rural communities, and people living with chronic diseases. We look forward to working closely with the White House, DOT and EPA as they move forward with the rulemakings, while pledging that equity has a seat at the table.