Washington state just made America's most ambitious plan for electric vehicles - Bark Sedov

Washington state just made America’s most ambitious plan for electric vehicles

Washington state has officially committed to phasing out sales of gas-powered cars by 2030 – the most ambitious plan for electric vehicles in the country.

Officials in Washington had already vowed to uphold California’s vehicle emissions standards, which are stricter than those set by the federal government for historical reasons.

Still, the plan to sell only electric vehicles by 2030, details of which are included in the state’s $17 billion transportation plan, is the country’s most ambitious.

“Washington is a state that’s in a really great position to take a leadership role on this issue,” said Matthew Metz, chief executive of environmental organization Coltura and one of those who pushed for the move The Independent. He said Washington can continue to follow California’s emissions standards.

“But we can also go it alone and really show the world that we are at the forefront of electric vehicle innovation.”

According to research firm BloombergNEF, global sales of electric vehicles are estimated to exceed 10 million this year, with another 4 million from 2021.

Most of the sales were made in mainland China. There were around 535,000 sales in the US, a number that is expected to rise to around 670,000.

Experts say that rising gasoline prices and increased production are being viewed as potential game-changers by manufacturers, particularly those they believe will be particularly desired by consumers, such as the Ford F-150 Lightning.

At international climate talks in Scotland last November, a total of six automakers and 30 countries pledged to stop selling petrol-powered cars by 2040. Among them were Ford, Mercedes-Benz, General Motors and Volvo.

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In a post on Medium, Washington Gov. Jay Inslee, who challenged the 2020 Democratic presidential nomination for a campaign to address the climate crisis, said the transportation plan “lays the groundwork for a massive shift from simply building more lanes to carrying people creates cleaner, more efficient modes of transportation”.

“Transportation is the largest source of greenhouse gas emissions in our state. There’s no way to talk about climate change without talking about transportation,” he said.

“This package will take us away from the transportation system our grandparents envisioned and towards the transportation system our grandchildren dream of.”

The obligation to have all electrical sales by 2030 is contained in just two sentences in the traffic plan. One of them promises to set up an interagency steering committee to ensure the goal is met.

Figures show that California has the highest sales of televisions, followed by Florida, Texas, Washington and Arizona.

But while cities like Seattle are seeing plenty of electric cars, many of them top-of-the-line Tesla models, they’re significantly less common in rural areas.

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Mr Metz said it’s crucial to build the infrastructure across the state and nation that makes it as easy for people to charge an electric vehicle as it is to fill up a tank of gas. While filling up with petrol takes less than five minutes, he said the fastest ever charge for an electric vehicle took 15 minutes.

It is particularly important to provide the infrastructure in rural areas, as there are likely to be longer and therefore more polluting routes.

“Getting these people off gas, the ones who live in these rural areas, that does more for the climate than anything else because they’re the ones … using way too much gas,” he said.

When asked how realistic a 2030 target is, he said: “If we’ve worked hard at it – yes, we can do it. We need to build a really good infrastructure for everyone to have this comfortable experience.”

He added that there isn’t a single block to bring about the change. “But we must have a plan.”

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