Efforts to Roll Back Zero-Emission Vehicle Standards are Bad for Virginia

Contact: Noah Barnes, Electrification Coalition
noah@electrification.org, (202) 461-2371

RICHMOND—On Wednesday, Virginia Governor Glenn Youngkin announced that the Commonwealth will not adopt new vehicle standards, which require automakers to sell more zero-emission vehicles in Virginia after the current guidelines expire in 2025.

In response, Electrification Coalition Executive Director Ben Prochazka released the following statement:

“Virginia Governor Glenn Youngkin’s recent announcement that the Commonwealth will not adopt new vehicle standards is disappointing, as it diminishes opportunities to grow Virginia’s economy and save drivers and fleets money.

In 2021, the Virginia legislature voted to adopt the standards and again reaffirmed the decision after extensive debate, making this a truly Virginia decision.

“Virginia should continue to create consumer choice in how drivers power their vehicles. For a century, oil has had a monopoly on our transportation system. By transitioning to domestically produced, stably priced electricity, we are disentangling our Commonwealth and nation from international bad actors who do not share our interests or values yet retain incredible power over our economy by their undue influence over the price of oil. 

“Policies and actions that give consumers more choices benefit the historically high percentage of the Commonwealth’s car buyers who chose electric vehicles since the standard was adopted. By supporting increased EV sales, the legislature ensured more Virginians took advantage of federal tax incentives while saving drivers money.

“The EV transition already provides tangible benefits to car buyers, our economy, and national security. We welcome the opportunity for dialogue so that Virginia doesn’t limit its opportunities but can realize electric transportation’s many benefits.”

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About the Electrification Coalition:  The Electrification Coalition is a nonpartisan, nonprofit organization that promotes policies and actions to facilitate the widespread adoption of plug-in electric vehicles (EVs) on a mass scale to overcome the economic, public health and national security challenges that stem from America’s dependence on oil. ElectrificationCoalition.org

Amy Malaki

Amy Malaki is the Director of Partnerships and Policy at SkyNRG and SkyNRG Americas, pioneering global leaders in sustainable aviation fuel production and supply. Prior to SkyNRG, Amy was the Associate Director for the transportation portfolio at the ClimateWorks Foundation where she developed philanthropic investment strategies to advance a sustainable, equitable and low-carbon mobility system. She also pioneered the organization’s international aviation decarbonization strategy. Prior to that she focused on Asia business development at Better Place, a Silicon Valley electric vehicle network startup. She has a B.A. in Chinese and China studies from the University of Washington and an M.A. in international policy studies (energy and environment) from Stanford University.