Statement: Massachusetts makes important commitment to have all new cars sold in state produce zero emissions by 2035

For Immediate Release

BOSTON -- Following California’s lead, Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker plans to phase out the sale of new gas-powered cars by 2035. The announcement, which was made Wednesday, came as part of the draft Clean Energy and Climate Plan for 2030. The plan is intended to achieve emission reduction targets under the 2008 Global Warming Solutions Act.

Transportation is the largest source of global warming pollution in Massachusetts, accounting for more than 40 percent of emissions. Passenger cars alone are responsible for 27 percent of greenhouse gas emissions in Massachusetts.

Environment Massachusetts and MASSPIRG have long advocated for Massachusetts to be a national leader on climate and clean transportation policies, including by providing leading voices in support of the Global Warming Solutions Act in 2008 and the Commonwealth’s early participation in California’s fuel efficiency standards and zero emission vehicle program.

Environment Massachusetts State Director Ben Hellerstein issued the following statement:

“We cannot address climate change without phasing out gas-powered cars, and Massachusetts’ plan for all new cars to be electric will drive us in the right direction. We applaud Gov. Baker’s actions, but we urge him to keep his foot on the accelerator on the road to comprehensive clean energy. To clean up our transportation sector, electric cars will need to be paired with 100 percent renewable energy. Driving on sunshine and wind power is the next step to accelerate climate action.”

MASSPIRG Transportation Advocate John Stout issued the following statement:

“A healthy and clean transportation system requires us to drive less, and the miles we do drive need to be in zero emission vehicles. The Baker administration is taking a major step forward by joining California in committing to phase out the sale of new gas-powered cars by 2035 and we hope to see more states follow their lead. But electric vehicles are just a part of the solution, as states take bold action to clean up our cars, we also need to better invest in public transportation and other better, cleaner options that allow people to drive less.”