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Business leaders call for the Biden Administration to enact new round of clean car standards

29 September 2022, 13:04 BST 2 min read

Transitioning to zero-emission vehicles will spur innovation, boost the economy and reduce harmful carbon pollution that contributes to climate change.

Ford Motor Company, FLO, and Con Edison, have called on the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and officials from the Biden administration to immediately move forward with the next round of federal clean car standards. The clean transportation business leaders gathered in Bryant Park on Thursday, at an event hosted by The Climate Group’s EV100 campaign.

Coinciding with Climate Week NYC, participants at the event called for implementing strong clean car standards for model years 2027 and beyond. Clean Speakers urged the Biden administration and the EPA to move forward with the next round of clean car standards in order to meet President Biden’s stated 2030 zero-emission vehicle goal and reduce the carbon pollution that is driving climate change. The speakers echoed the request previously made in letters from CALSTART, the Zero Emission Transportation Association, and EV100, representing the voices of leading companies. 

New standards will protect public health, promote equity for front line communities, mitigate the impacts of climate change, all while spurring innovation, creating jobs, boosting our economy, and saving consumers money at the pump. These standards are also a crucial market signal to further expand the supply of electric vehicles, which is key to expanding overall EV adoption.

Adam Lake, Head of Communications and Acting Executive Director, Climate Group North America

EV100 is a global initiative bringing together forward looking companies who have committed to electrifying their light-duty vehicle fleets by 2030. EV100 members increase demand, influence policy, and drive mass roll out of EVs. 

As the largest employer of hourly workers in the U.S., Ford sees this not only as a way to advance America toward a greener economy, but as a job-creating engine with clear economic benefits

Cynthia Williams, Global Director of Sustainability at Ford Motor Company

The transportation sector currently is a leading source of carbon pollution in the United States driving climate change. Zero-emissions vehicles will dramatically cut pollution which is good for our health, climate, and businesses who have the opportunity to accelerate innovation and manufacturing.

The science is clear that in order to address climate change, we have to cut tailpipe pollution, and one of the more impactful ways to achieve that is to promptly move toward electrifying our transportation system. At Con Edison, we are building clean-energy infrastructure that will deliver 100% carbon-free power by 2040 while supporting mass adoption of electric vehicles in the nation’s largest city. The result will be cleaner air, healthier communities and green jobs that will drive economic development today and for decades to come.

Cliff Baratta, Electric Vehicle Strategy and Markets, Section Manager, Con Edison

The next round of clean car standards will ensure that half of all new vehicles sold in 2030 are zero-emission vehicles, contributing significantly to the Biden Administration’s goal of reducing tailpipe pollution.

FLO is committed to expanding reliable electric vehicle charging infrastructure and reducing the harmful air pollutants affecting our local communities. By establishing strong clean car standards, it sends a clear signal to expedite the transition to electric vehicles ushering in a cleaner, more sustainable future. The electric transition will also serve as an economic driver facilitating additional industry investment and generating good paying jobs for Americans.

Daniel Bloom, FLO Public Affairs Manager

A full video of the press conference can be found here