Washington, D.C. — In response to North Carolina Governor Roy Cooper’s signing of Executive Order 246, “North Carolina’s Transformation to a Clean, Equitable Economy,” Electrification Coalition Senior Policy Manager Anne Blair made the statement below. The order calls for an increase in registered zero-emission vehicles to at least 1.25 million by 2030, calls for 50 percent of sales of new vehicles to be zero-emission by 2030, directs the North Carolina Department of Transportation to develop a North Carolina Clean Transportation Plan for decarbonizing the transportation sector, and directs cabinet agencies to prioritize equity in the transition to a clean energy economy.
“Executive Order 246 establishes that North Carolina will be a leader in the transition to a transportation system untethered from oil. And it sends yet another powerful signal to the market that the future of transportation is unquestionably electric.
“The Electrification Coalition applauds the Cooper Administration for taking action to expand its commitment to transportation electrification and bolster associated job opportunities in a way that proactively supports all North Carolina communities. The goals laid out in EO 246 reflect the urgency with which we must address the economic, national security and public health challenges associated with our dependence on oil. We look forward to working with the administration on the implementation of these exciting new commitments.”
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About the Electrification Coalition: The Electrification Coalition is a nonpartisan, nonprofit organization that advances policies and actions to facilitate widespread adoption of electric vehicles in order to reduce the economic, public health and national security risks caused by America’s dependence on oil.