MOUNTAIN VIEW, CA – Building on statewide momentum to urge California to adopt a goal of 100% Zero Emission Vehicle (ZEV) sales by 2030, the Mountain View City Council yesterday unanimously passed a resolution in support of the ZEV 2030 standard.
Mountain View’s resolution comes on the heels of similar resolutions passed in Oakland, Berkeley, Culver City, Richmond, and San Leandro -- part of a growing campaign organized by ZEV2030 to build support across California to urge state leaders to consider all available means to adopt the 100% ZEV standard by 2030.
“Mountain View is the birthplace of Silicon Valley, and we take pride in our environmental leadership,” said Mountain View Mayor Ellen Kamei. “A statewide zero-emission vehicle goal is about climate solutions, clean air and green jobs, here in Mountain View and across California. We’re taking concrete steps to install public vehicle charging stations in the city and developing an implementation plan to electrify our city’s vehicle fleet so that we lead not just with words, but with action.”
Inspired by goals established by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), Mountain View’s embrace of a ZEV2030 standard is the kind of visionary action that would protect our state, nation, and world from catastrophic climate change while improving the economy and public health. Multiple other cities are considering the resolution.
The ambitious goal of California's ZEV 2030 movement is being bolstered by unprecedented actions being taken across the country. The State of Washington's legislature recently passed a landmark ZEV 2030 standard called Clean Cars 2030. Joe Biden's American Jobs Plan is expected to include historic investments in electric vehicle manufacturing, purchase, and infrastructure. Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer has called for the phase out of internal combustion engines by 2030. And Governor Gavin Newsom has proposed mandating all new cars sold in California to be zero-emission by 2035, a goal ZEV2030 hopes to accelerate.
The country’s largest vehicle charging companies are headquartered in California, and at least 14 electric vehicle manufacturers call our state home. The automobile industry is scrambling to meet this moment. GM will offer 30 EV models globally in its fleet by 2025 and plans to sell only ZEV models by 2035; Ford has pledged to only sell EVs in Europe by 2030; and Volvo has already transitioned exclusively to EV and hybrid cars, with a promise to be an exclusively electric car brand by 2030.
Meanwhile, according to research firm Bloomberg NEF, battery prices are dropping such that electric vehicles are expected to reach cost parity with gas vehicles within 3 years.
For more information on the ZEV2030 campaign, please visit https://www.zev2030.org.
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