Decrease emissions from transportation by accelerating the transition to electric vehicles
Responsible for 40% of MA’s greenhouse gas emissions (GHG), transportation is the single largest source of emissions in Massachusetts. Mitigating the carbon-intensity of this sector is essential to meet the state’s GHG–reduction mandates. Electrifying both public transit and personal vehicles will reduce emissions, eliminate harmful tailpipe pollutants, and save consumers money on fuel and maintenance. Further, removing internal combustion engines from the road will reduce dangerous particulate matter, improving public health and saving billions of dollars in avoided healthcare costs, particularly in environmental justice communities that suffer high rates of disease associated with transportation pollution. By focusing on electrifying publicly-owned vehicle fleets and transit, we are calling on the state to lead by example, spurring technology improvements and catalyzing market growth, while significantly ameliorating the health impacts to some of the most environmentally burdened communities.
The 2022 Climate and Clean Energy Bill (H.5060)’s Impacts on Electric Vehicles
- Requires all vehicles sold in the state to be zero-emission by 2035.
- Increases incentives and rebates for purchasing electric vehicles (EVs), including up to $5000 in rebates, with an additional $1500 rebate for low-income individuals.
- Mandates more EV charging stations, including the installation of EV charging stations at all service plazas on I-90, at least five MBTA stations, and at least one ferry terminal.
- Requires all MBTA buses to be electric by 2040 and prioritizes deployment on routes that go through underserved communities.
- Creates an interagency coordinating council to develop and implement a plan for deploying EV charging infrastructure in an equitable and accessible manner and establishes a Charging Infrastructure Deployment Fund.