Coalition of health and environmental groups wants 100% electric vehicles by 2030
A coalition of health and environmental groups is calling on the state legislature to set an ambitious target for electric vehicles. The group says Michigan should set a goal of 100-percent emissions-free new car sales by 2030.
Amy Rogghe is chair of the Michigan Electric Vehicle Alliance. It's one of the groups in the coalition.
She says switching to EV-only sales will dramatically reduce the state's greenhouse gas emissions, and that EVs are swiftly becoming more available and more affordable.
"And the price of electricity is vastly more steady compared to the price of gas as we've all seen in the last 6 months obviously," Rogghe said.
Kareem Scales heads the the Greater Grand Rapids NAACP. He says the goal, and a plan to reach it, will help protect people's health.
Scales says that's especially true for Black and brown Michiganders who often live in the state's most polluted neighborhoods.
"Although better than 30 years ago, it's not clean enough, not for families living next to freeways, and for anyone who has to breath in dirty air caused by gas powered cars," Scales said. "We're not asking to give up cars, we're just asking for cars to be emission free."
The group is just calling for a goal, not a mandate. That's unlike California, which plans to ban sales of gas powered new cars by 2035.