House Committee advances Clean Cars Standards to expand access to electric vehicles, address climate change

For Immediate Release:
Wednesday, Jan. 27, 2021

Lee Francis | Deputy Director
Virginia League of Conservation Voters
(804) 225-1902 |


RICHMOND – Today, the House Committee on Agriculture, Chesapeake and Natural Resources advanced House Bill 1965 from Del. Lamont Bagby (D-Richmond), to implement zero-emission and low-emission vehicle standards in Virginia.

Once adopted, these standards will ensure that more pollution-free electric vehicles are available for sale in Virginia as a way to address carbon pollution from the Commonwealth’s largest source – tailpipes.

In response to this action, Michael Town, executive director of the Virginia League of Conservation Voters, issued the following statement:

“We can’t address the climate crisis without addressing our largest source of pollution – transportation. This legislation, paired with other measures to invest in vehicle charging infrastructure and make these vehicles more affordable on the front end, will help protect clean air and public health in the long-term while ensuring a more sustainable transportation system. We are thankful for the leadership of Delegate Bagby on this bill and applaud the House Committee for advancing this important measure. We are now counting on the full House to follow suit.”

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