What is the Advanced Clean Cars Program and What are Its Benefits?

Webinar hosted by Environment America

Many state leaders, like those in Nevada, know the advanced clean cars program offers many benefits. Which is why fifteen states and Washington D.C. have already adopted a portion of the clean cars program. Minnesota and Nevada are currently in the rulemaking process.

Governor Sisolak introduced the Clean Cars Nevada initiative in 2020. The state is pursuing a low-emission vehicle program, which means automakers will deliver new vehicles that emit fewer greenhouse gases and harmful air pollutants to Nevada dealerships. Additionally, the state is pursuing the zero-emission vehicle program ensuring automakers deliver more vehicles that are partly or fully zero emissions (such as plug-in hybrid or full electric vehicles) for sale in Nevada.

Environment America held a panel webinar to discuss the importance and benefits of the clean cars program, explaining its appeal for states. The panel featured: Patrick McDonnell, Secretary of Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection; Laura Bishop, MN Pollution Control Agency; Barbara Vasquez, Colorado Transportation, Commissioner for District 6, and Danilo Dragoni, Chief of Nevada Bureau of Air Quality Planning.

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Nevada Clean Cars

White House Proposal Boosts Nevada’s Clean Car Efforts

Nevada Clean Cars Coalition


Today, the Biden administration announced the White House will resume the policy of respecting each state’s authority to adopt stronger vehicle tailpipe pollution standards.

The federal Clean Air Act allows states to set vehicle emission standards that are tougher than federal requirements, to address persistent air pollution problems.

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Red Chevy Spark

Put electric vehicle range anxiety in your rear view mirror!

Paul Bordenkircher

The number one excuse I hear people give for not buying an electric vehicle (EV) is range anxiety. The question is always, “Will this car get me where I’m going without dying?” The answer is almost always yes.

People confuse the miles they’re driving with the hours they might spend sitting in traffic. My workplace may be less than 15 miles away, but it could take 45 minutes to an hour if there is road work or a car accident causing a backup on the roads. With a gas car, I’m going to be burning gas if I sit in traffic, but with an EV, I’m using very little charge while running the a/c on hot days!

There are a few factors to consider when finding the right EV with the right amount of range for you: number of cars per household, public charging station access, and make and model range.

Is your family fortunate enough to afford two cars? If yes, then ease into EV ownership by making just one of your vehicles electric. Use the EV for your daily commute to work and running errands around town. Keep one gasoline-powered car for your longer drives or weekend get-aways. I drive my Chevy Spark EV almost daily and reserve my wife’s gas-powered vehicle when we drive out of state.

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Plugging in a red Chevy Spark

What is it like to own an electric vehicle? Your insurance, maintenance, and battery questions answered.

Paul Bordenkircher

Are you thinking about buying an electric vehicle (EV), but have questions about the long-term costs of ownership? Consider these three aspects of EV ownership: insurance, maintenance, and battery life from an experienced used-EV owner.

I’ve often been told a good rule of thumb is to check the vehicle’s auto insurance rates before buying any car. Insurance companies factor in the costs of repairing a vehicle in the case of an accident, as well as the availability of parts, when determining the premium you’ll pay.

In my case, the insurance on my car, a 2016 Chevy Spark EV, is only a few dollars more a month than my wife’s 2007 Nissan Pathfinder. That would be good enough, but I priced our rates for vehicle usage at 8,000 miles a year for the Spark and only 4,000 miles for the Pathfinder. Nearly the same rate for twice as many anticipated miles. Not bad.

Maintenance for EVs is almost a non-issue considering there are many moving components of a gasoline-powered vehicle that an EV simply doesn’t have. EVs do not need oil changes, spark plugs, radiator fluids, belts, hoses, or any of those pesky things that wear out over time in a gasoline-powered car. As an example, I took my Spark EV in for the 30,000 mile service, which consisted of rotating tires, checking my wipers and filling my washer fluid. That’s it!

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Red Chevy Spark (electric vehicle) on a street in Nevada

Interested in electric vehicles? Consider buying an affordable used EV

Paul Bordenkircher

Electric vehicles (EVs) are gaining popularity, but many drivers are still not sure if they can afford them. The most common question I get asked is: “How much does it cost to buy an EV? Aren’t they expensive?” My answer — new ones can be (as with all new cars), but perhaps consider buying an affordable used EV.

New electric vehicles are still a little more expensive than their gasoline-powered counterparts; however, new EVs will be cost-competitive with gasoline-powered cars by the mid-2020s, according to BloombergNEF. Even though the up-front purchase price to buy an EV is falling, I have a little secret that very few people are talking about: buy a used EV and save money.

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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How I finally made the jump to buying a used electric vehicle

Paul Bordenkircher

When my wife and I relocated to Las Vegas in late 2018, I knew I was going to need a second vehicle for my commute to work, but I didn’t have a lot to spend. I hunkered down and started doing my research on what kind of car I could truly afford and would still be reliable.

As I dug in, I realized the expense of operating the car — not just fuel-ups, but regular maintenance too — was a pretty large part of the budget. I’d always been curious about electric vehicles (EVs) so I looked at them as an option. I’d seen all the buzz about Tesla EVs and had read about how low electricity and operating costs were, but the price of a new EV was out of my range. So, I dug deeper. As I did, I found there was a relatively small and unknown market of used EVs that were available, from a variety of brands, and that they were surprisingly affordable to purchase.

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