From: Joyce Segal
Date: Tue, Aug 29, 2017 at 9:41 AM
Subject: Fwd: URGENT - Rigging the system against EVs: EPA plans to slash #CleanerCars standards
To: Kim Cooper <firstname.lastname@example.org>
From: Plug In America <email@example.com>
Date: Tue, Aug 29, 2017 at 3:01 AM
Subject: URGENT - Rigging the system against EVs: EPA plans to slash #CleanerCars standards
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Dear Plug In America Friends,
Like you, we're committed to a future where electric cars are the norm and the transportation sector is 100% electric, and clean. One of the ways that we'll get to this future sooner is with strong federal fuel efficiency and greenhouse gas emission standards. As the standards become stricter over time, automakers are encouraged to include more plug-in hybrid electric vehicles (PHEVs) and battery electric vehicles (BEVs) within their fleet of new passenger and light-duty trucks for sale in order to meet the standards. These automakers can also receive extra credits for each BEV or PHEV sold to make compliance easier. (See page 8 of the EPA factsheet here or more info here.)
In 2012, the U.S. secured strong federal fuel economy and global warming emission standards. The standards are reducing America's oil consumption, saving consumers money at the gas pump, and protecting public health and the environment. And, we've seen more makes and models of BEVs and PHEVs come onto the scene than ever before, driving the U.S. to nearly 665,000 BEVs and PHEVs on the road today.
Unfortunately, new EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt is trying to roll back and weaken these clean car standards. This is an extreme waste of taxpayer dollars – the EPA has already worked with the automakers and other stakeholders to develop them, and conducted an extensive technical analysis and review process before implementing them. Pruitt's decision to reopen the review of these standards at the behest of the automakers is just undoing a process that was already done, and done well.
At the end of the day, Pruitt's irresponsible actions are a danger to our health, our wallets, will slow down the EV market and U.S. auto innovation. It's up to us EV drivers to tell Pruitt that there is a thriving and growing market for clean cars today, and the technology is there to help automakers meet these clean car standards. The evidence: the Chevy/GM Bolt and Volt, the Nissan LEAF, the Ford Focus Electric, the Kia SOUL EV, the Tesla Model S…just to name a few. And, most importantly, drivers want these cars!
Policy Director, Plug In America
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