This week the Climate Group and C40 Cities announced the launch of a new Zero Emission Vehicle (ZEV) Challenge.
The ZEV Challenge is being supported by: The State of California, New York City, EDF Energy, LeasePlan and Unilever. In addition, the cities of Paris, Los Angeles, London, Milan, Rome, Copenhagen, Pittsburgh, Mexico City, Medellin and the regions of Australian Capital Territory and Navarra.
The challenge will see states, regions, cities and international business use their purchasing and policy influence to massively accelerate the adoption of electric vehicles around the world.
These zero emissions leaders are urging the global auto industry to commit to accelerating the manufacture of electric vehicles and step up production to satisfy the growing demand. This marks the first time some of the world’s largest states, regions, cities and businesses are uniting to show the global auto industry the full scale of demand that already exists for electric vehicles. It brings together existing, world leading programs, which up to now have been focused on separate sectors, to amplify their collective purchasing power and influence on the market.
Bill de Blasio, Mayor of New York City said, "Living in a coastal city, New Yorkers know the existential threat posed by climate change. That is why we are leading the fight with our pledge to implement the goals of the Paris climate agreement and rolling out critical infrastructure to speed our conversion to electric vehicles. We are proud to join cities around the world as we take action on this global problem."