COP 21, Zero Emissions Vehicles and CES

With COP 21 in the rearview mirror, we start 2016 with a clear and urgent climate agenda – to reduce our greenhouse gas emissions from cars and trucks, with zero emissions vehicles (ZEVs) as a critical element in fighting climate change.

At COP 21, the International ZEV Alliance (zevalliance.org) announced that it is aiming to have all new cars sold within their jurisdiction to be emissions-free by 2050. The group includes eight US states, (California, Connecticut, Maryland, Massachusetts, New York, Oregon, Rhode Island, and Vermont) along with Quebec, Germany, the Netherlands, Norway, and the UK. And of course, our own state of CA has Governor Brown’s 2015 ZEV mandate of 1.5 million vehicles by 2025.

Detroit must be listening because who knew that the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) happening this month in LAS Vegas would be the showcase for their latest electric cars and technologies. While I’m not at CES (having served my time in the early tech days) I am excited to read and watch all of the EV announcements coming from Ford, BMW and Volkswagen! http://www.theverge.com/2016/1/5/10720016/bmw-at-ces-2016-photos And a new company – Faraday Future (with Chinese backers and Tesla engineers) – previewed a ‘supercar’ based on an electric design. GM’s CEO previewed the production version of the 200+mile Chevy Bolt. And this is just the beginning…as more plug-in hybrids and fuel cell vehicles are on their way.

Yes, it is a happy new year and we hope it continues with more international and local awareness of the importance of zero emissions vehicles in achieving our collective goal to reduce our carbon footprint. As for Detroit and the rest of the world, we are ready – bring ‘em on!