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Our Campaigns

Clean Car Communities

Goal: Slow global warming by convincing states and communities to pave the way for all new cars being electric by 2035.
To slow global warming, we need to change what we drive. We’re calling for all new cars and trucks to be electric by 2035. We know our leaders in Washington, D.C., are going the wrong way on this issue. That’s why our Clean Car Communities campaign is paving the way for cities and states to lead the way for cleaner transportation.
  • <h4>THE FUTURE IS ELECTRIC</h4><h5>With technology advancing and prices dropping, experts predict 65 percent of new cars will be electric by 2050.</h5><em></em>
  • <h4>A BOLD VISION</h4><h5>To slow global warming, we need to move even faster. We’re calling for all new cars to be electric by 2035.</h5><em>Felix Kramer via Flicker, CC-BY-SA-2.0</em>
  • <h4>ACTING LOCALLY</h4><h5>Our leaders in Washington, D.C., are going the wrong way on this issue. We’re calling on states and communities to pave the way for electric cars.</h5><em>TJ O'Neill, TJO Photography</em>
  • <h4>ACTION & RESULTS</h4><h5>We have cleaner cars on the road today due to our action and advocacy on the national level and in 13 states and Washington, D.C.</h5><em>Colin Grey</em>
We can’t keep burning gas

Today, 99 percent of the cars and trucks on the road in the U.S. still burn gasoline, each year adding another 1 billion metric tons of carbon pollution to our planet’s thin, fragile atmosphere.

We can’t go on like this. Carbon dioxide emissions are the primary cause of global warming, and transportation is the No. 1 source of America’s carbon pollution. To slow global warming, we need to shift to electric cars. We’re calling for 100 percent of new cars and trucks to be electric by 2035.

From 1 to 100

How do we get from less than 1 percent electric vehicles to 100 percent?

The good news is that electric vehicle technology is already advancing rapidly. How fast?

  • Experts predict that by 2050, 65 percent of all cars sold in the U.S. will be electric.

  • That’s in part because electric car prices keep dropping. Batteries are becoming more affordable. As more electric cars are made and sold, the economies of scale are greater, which means even lower prices.

  • That’s made it easier for France, Great Britain, Norway, China, India and other countries to take steps to phase out gasoline-burning cars.

But we need to move even faster, especially here in the U.S. To achieve the Paris Agreement goal of staying below 1.5 degrees of warming, we need to get to 100 percent new electric vehicles by 2035.

Clean Car Communities

Our Clean Car Communities campaign is doing all we can to advance that goal. With Washington, D.C., going the wrong way on this issue, we can and must encourage state and local officials to do more to pave the way.

What can states and cities do? And how likely are they to step up and lead?

Consider this: Seven states and Washington, D.C., already have agreed to work together to reduce the vehicle pollution that contributes to global warming. For example, Delaware provides rebates for electric charging stations at workplaces. New Jersey has a similar program.

When the Trump administration announced it was rolling back Clean Car standards, our supporters—including electric car owners—made their voices heard. Watch.
Acting locally to save the planet

What can we bring to this debate?

We were a leading force in winning national Clean Car standards, which are driving the auto industry to invest in electric vehicles. First, we persuaded 13 states across the country to adopt California’s Clean Car standards. Among those states were Maine, Vermont, Massachusetts, Rhode Island, Connecticut, New York, Pennsylvania, New Jersey and Maryland. Then, we lobbied and mobilized support for the national standards adopted by the Obama administration in 2012. We’re currently defending those standards from the Trump administration’s efforts to roll them back.

We know how to win at the state and local levels, and how to transform local victories into a nationwide impact. A key to our success: a strong base of supporters throughout the states—and in communities with small, but growing numbers of electric vehicles.