'A huge climate achievement': Virginia adopts Clean Car standards

Virginia will soon be for lovers of electric vehicles, too.

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Mary Katherine Moore
Creative Associate

Author: Mary Katherine Moore

Creative Associate

Started on staff: 2020
B.A., magna cum laude, Boston University

Mary Katherine creates print and digital content with the Creative Team for The Public Interest Network, with a focus on Environment America and its state affiliates. Mary Katherine lives in Cambridge, Massachusetts, where she enjoys reading, running, baking and hiking.

Virginia will soon be for lovers of electric vehicles, too.

On Feb. 19, the Virginia Senate voted to establish a set of strong new clean car standards. One program, the Low Emissions Vehicle (LEV) rule, will set stricter limits on tailpipe emissions; another, the Zero Emissions Vehicle (ZEV) rule, will 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 General Assembly 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.

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Photo: Paired with a recently passed commitment to 100 percent renewable energy, expanding electric vehicles could sharply cut Virginia's emissions. Credit: Virginia Department of Transportation via Flickr, CC BY-NC-ND 2.0

Mary Katherine Moore
Creative Associate

Author: Mary Katherine Moore

Creative Associate

Started on staff: 2020
B.A., magna cum laude, Boston University

Mary Katherine creates print and digital content with the Creative Team for The Public Interest Network, with a focus on Environment America and its state affiliates. Mary Katherine lives in Cambridge, Massachusetts, where she enjoys reading, running, baking and hiking.