California’s Advanced Clean Cars II, or ACC II, rule is expected to accelerate electric vehicle deployment, deliver hundreds of dollars in annual consumer savings, and cut U.S. greenhouse gas emissions, finds a recent Forbes article.
The publication reported that 17 states—nearly 38% of the U.S. car market—are contemplating or have already adopted ACC II standards. If all adopt ACC II standards, over 75% of U.S. cars could be EVs by 2050, according to New Energy Innovation Policy & Technology LLC modeling. The open-source Energy Policy Simulator model predicts how accelerated EV adoption might impact GHG emissions, the economy, and public health.
According to the modeling, ACC II adoption could:
- Save households over $600 per year, depending on the state
- Help the country avoid 1.3 billion tons of carbon pollution by 2050
- Generate significant public health benefits, including preventing approximately 5,000 premature deaths from air pollution and 161,000 asthma attacks in 2050
- Create nearly 300,000 additional jobs
Adopted by California in August, ACC II sets a gradually increasing requirement for sales of zero-emission vehicles up to 100% by 2035. The policy is expected to lead to nearly 100% of EV sales in any jurisdiction that applies it because of the expected lower cost of EVs compared to other ZEVs, such as plug-in hybrids and fuel cell vehicles.
- Updating building codes
- Improving utility planning
- Implementing clean-energy standards
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