Green Newton is very grateful to our State Senator Cindy Creem, chair of the Senate Committee on Global Warming and Climate Change, for recently filing five bills that will expedite the Commonwealth’s transition to zero-emission vehicles (ZEVs), while ensuring this transition happens in an equitable and environmentally just manner.
- An Act incentivizing the adoption of zero-emission vehicles and the early retirement of high-emission vehicles, which would create additional incentives for individuals to transition to zero-emission vehicles, including a Cash for Cumbustors program that encourages residents to retire their gas guzzlers and replace them with ZEVs;
- An Act reducing the emissions of transportation network companies and private vehicle fleets, which would create regulations to require transportation network companies (TNCs) like Uber and Lyft to provide 90 percent of vehicle miles traveled in zero-emission vehicles by 2030;
- An Act promoting access to zero-emission school buses, which would create a program to assist municipalities and regional school districts in purchasing or leasing zero-emission school buses, giving priority going to low-income communities and communities with high levels of childhood asthma;
- An Act establishing guidelines for the installation of electric vehicle charging stations by condominium owners, which would prohibit a homeowners association or other similar association from unreasonably restricting an owner from installing an electric vehicle charging station; and
- An Act promoting the recovery and recycling of electric vehicle batteries, which would create a commission to recommend policies that will promote the recovery and recycling of lithium-ion vehicle batteries.