Virginia could soon be for lovers of electric vehicles, too.
In February, the state’s House of Delegates voted to approve a set of strong new clean car standards. One program, the Low Emissions Vehicle (LEV) rule, would set stricter limits on tailpipe emissions; another, the Zero Emissions Vehicle (ZEV) rule, would expand the manufacture and sale of electric vehicles statewide.
“The program would bring clean vehicles to Virginia and significantly reduce carbon emissions,” Elly Boehmer, state director of Environment Virginia, said. “We thank Del. Lamont Bagby for championing this bill, and the Virginia House of Delegates for advancing this critical climate bill to the Senate.”
Cleaner cars will be critical to slashing global warming pollution in Virginia, where transportation accounts for 48 percent of the state’s carbon emissions.
Photo: Paired with a recently-passed commitment to 100 percent renewable energy, expanding electric vehicles could sharply cut Virginia’s emissions. Credit: D. Allen Covey via Virginia Department of Transportation