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Press Release: New Report Shows Benefits of Clean Cars in Nevada

NRDC

We all know buying a car is hard. But getting an electric model can be a truly difficult project.

There were over 40 electric vehicle makes and models available for sale in the United States in 2019. However, only a dozen or so were available at Nevada’s car dealerships that same year.

Many Nevadans want electric cars. Sometimes, folks are willing to travel out of state or buy cars online without a test drive, just to purchase their preferred model. Not only is this a hassle, but it means money that could be spent in the Silver State is going elsewhere. 

Adopting Clean Car Standards can help provide more electric vehicles in Nevada. In June of 2020, Governor Steve Sisolak announced the Clean Cars Nevada initiative, which could bring the Low-Emission Vehicles (LEV) and Zero-Emission Vehicles (ZEV) programs to Nevada. 

The ZEV program in particular ensures that each year, automakers deliver more vehicles that are partly or fully zero emissions (such as plug-in hybrid or full electric vehicles) for sale in Nevada. The eleven states that have adopted the ZEV program have seen increased availability of electric and plug-in hybrid vehicle models as a result. 

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Assemblyman Tom Roberts stands in front of a Nissan Leaf (pre-pandemic) while summarizing the economic benefits of electric vehicles and clean energy in Nevada.

Electric Vehicle Spotlight: Nevada legislators know the state’s future is electric

Plug In America

We all know buying a car is hard. But getting an electric model can be a truly difficult project.

There were over 40 electric vehicle makes and models available for sale in the United States in 2019. However, only a dozen or so were available at Nevada’s car dealerships that same year.

Many Nevadans want electric cars. Sometimes, folks are willing to travel out of state or buy cars online without a test drive, just to purchase their preferred model. Not only is this a hassle, but it means money that could be spent in the Silver State is going elsewhere. 

Adopting Clean Car Standards can help provide more electric vehicles in Nevada. In June of 2020, Governor Steve Sisolak announced the Clean Cars Nevada initiative, which could bring the Low-Emission Vehicles (LEV) and Zero-Emission Vehicles (ZEV) programs to Nevada. 

The ZEV program in particular ensures that each year, automakers deliver more vehicles that are partly or fully zero emissions (such as plug-in hybrid or full electric vehicles) for sale in Nevada. The eleven states that have adopted the ZEV program have seen increased availability of electric and plug-in hybrid vehicle models as a result. 

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Electric vehicles available for test drives during the Nevada Transportation Electrification Forum held in early 2020.

Electric Vehicle Spotlight: How do we get more electric vehicles available for sale in Nevada?

Plug In America

We all know buying a car is hard. But getting an electric model can be a truly difficult project.

There were over 40 electric vehicle makes and models available for sale in the United States in 2019. However, only a dozen or so were available at Nevada’s car dealerships that same year.

Many Nevadans want electric cars. Sometimes, folks are willing to travel out of state or buy cars online without a test drive, just to purchase their preferred model. Not only is this a hassle, but it means money that could be spent in the Silver State is going elsewhere. 

Adopting Clean Car Standards can help provide more electric vehicles in Nevada. In June of 2020, Governor Steve Sisolak announced the Clean Cars Nevada initiative, which could bring the Low-Emission Vehicles (LEV) and Zero-Emission Vehicles (ZEV) programs to Nevada. 

The ZEV program in particular ensures that each year, automakers deliver more vehicles that are partly or fully zero emissions (such as plug-in hybrid or full electric vehicles) for sale in Nevada. The eleven states that have adopted the ZEV program have seen increased availability of electric and plug-in hybrid vehicle models as a result. 

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Electric School Bus

Electric Vehicle Spotlight: Investing in Childrens’ Health with Electric School Buses

Plug In America

Transportation is Nevada’s biggest source of air pollution and greenhouse gases, and some of the worst vehicles on the roads are old, dirty diesel trucks and buses. To protect the health of Nevada’s children, we need to make sure more of their rides to school come from a zero-emissions electric school bus.

The 2019 State of the Air report from the American Lung Association gave Clark and Washoe Counties an F grade for ozone pollution, a major component of smog, and vehicle emissions are a primary cause. The ALA reports show that this air pollution has been getting worse. The 2020 State of the Air report ranks the Las Vegas-Henderson metro area as the 9th most polluted in the country for ozone and the 25th most polluted for particulate matter.

Air pollution from gas-powered vehicles including carbon monoxide, nitrogen oxides, particulate matter, and volatile organic compounds can worsen health problems. Children, the elderly, and people with conditions such as asthma or heart disease have a harder time breathing with these pollutants in the air. Low-income families and communities of color are often closer to major roads and bear the brunt of these health issues.

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Electric Vehicle Future

Electric Vehicle Spotlight: Creating a Brighter Future for Low-Income Families

Plug In America

Some neighborhoods face major health and economic problems because they’re surrounded by old, unreliable, and polluting vehicles. It’s important that we address these inequities and create an electric vehicle future for all.

Air pollution from gas-powered cars including carbon monoxide, nitrogen oxides, particulate matter, and volatile organic compounds can worsen health problems. Children, the elderly, and people with conditions such as asthma or heart disease have a harder time breathing with these pollutants in the air. Low-income families and communities of color are often closer to major roads and bear the brunt of these health issues.

On top of that, low-income families often struggle to get newer vehicles, and pay for it in the long run.

“A lot of these families are depending on very old, unreliable cars that may have been cheap to buy but are very expensive to maintain,” said Jeff Allen of Forth Mobility. “Electric vehicles can really help families begin to save more money and advance economically.”

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Clean Cars Nevada initiative

Electrifying Transportation in Nevada: What does Nevada’s Clean Cars rulemaking mean for businesses

E2 | Susan Nedell, Mountain West Advocate

Have you heard about the Clean Cars Nevada initiative, but are not sure what it is or if it will benefit your business? E2 and Ceres have you covered with a recorded virtual panel discussion: Electrifying Transportation in Nevada

During the discussion, a trio of experts explained the process to adopt Clean Car Standards by the Nevada Division of Environmental Protection (NDEP), provided the latest electric vehicle (EV) market developments, and highlighted the benefits that transportation electrification — think more EVs and charging stations — will bring to the business community and all drivers across the state.

Jeffrey Kinder, Chief of the Bureau of Air Pollution Control at NDEP, set the stage for the panel with an overview of the state’s 2019 greenhouse gas emissions (GHG) inventory and the GHG emission reduction targets established by the 2019 Legislature. In short, transportation (cars, trucks, buses, delivery vans, etc.) is the biggest contributor to GHG emissions in Nevada. In order to meet Nevada’s strong emissions reduction goals, the state must reduce pollution caused by transportation.

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