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World rolls forward on electric vehicles as US government tries to roll back

Global Climate Action Summit, San Francisco, California – Thursday September 13

World rolls forward on electric vehicles as US government tries to roll back

· 26 international states/regions, major cities and businesses simultaneously commit to 100% zero emission vehicle targets.
· #ZEVchallenge announcement, at the Global Climate Action Summit, shows the way forward to deliver mass zero emission vehicle roll-out.

  • The states and cities announcing today represent a population of over 122 million.
  • A new frontier for the auto industry as many more of the world’s largest car buyers highlight they will go electric.
  • Zero emission areas in cities set to become a global phenomenon as twelve more cities commit.
  • Company and public fleets set to go zero emission during 2020s, laying the ground for mass consumer uptake.
  • #ZEVchallenge brings together leading initiatives for states (Under2 Coalition ZEV commitment), cities (C40 Cities – Green & Healthy Streets) and businesses (EV100).
  • Coordinated announcement by states, cities and businesses sends a strong message to the auto industry to move faster.
  • Within just one year, over 60 states, cities and businesses have committed to the targets contained within the #ZEVchallenge. The governments represent a population of over 237 million and the businesses have a combined revenue of over $470 billion.

In the biggest collective demonstration of demand for electric vehicles to date, 26 states, cities, regions and businesses today simultaneously announced  at the Global Climate Action Summit, San Francisco, California, 100% zero emission vehicle targets. These programs, developed and run by The Climate Group and C40 Cities, range from taking business fleets and employee benefit cars electric by 2030, to cities procuring only electric buses from 2025. For the first time ever, international states and regions in the Under2 Coalition are joining forces. Zero emission areas in cities are set to become a truly global phenomenon as 12 more cities confirm their commitment, including the Asian megacities of Tokyo and Seoul.

Collectively the targets, these governments and businesses are signing up to, will vastly increase the number of zero emission vehicles on the road, bringing the numbers up towards the levels necessary by 2030 to deliver on the ambition of the Paris Agreement. Coming together under the mantle of the #ZEVchallenge, international NGOs The Climate Group and C40 Cities, inspired by the Global Climate Action Summit, have linked-up their programs for states, cities and businesses (Under2 Coalition ZEV commitment, Green & Healthy streets and EV100). The commitments also include actions on infrastructure, to support consumers and businesses to charge their vehicles.

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