Here's Mayor Newsom letter to Mary Nichols, the Chair of the California Air Resources Board:
Dear Chairwoman Nichols,
I write to urge the California Air Resource Board (CARB) to take decisive action this week to increase the amount of zero-emission vehicles required to be sold in California. I am extremely concerned about a staff recommendation that will be considered this week by CARB that would actually decrease the amount of electric vehicles required to be sold in California in the coming years to only 2,500 vehicles.
Electric vehicles hold tremendous promise to decrease greenhouse gas pollution from vehicles and have proven popular with consumers. Our own experience in San Francisco utilizing electric cars has been very positive. We have used several zero emission vehicles made available through CARB programs, including leasing and then purchasing Toyota RAV4 vehicles. These cars continue in daily use, functioning as normal city fleet vehicles. Most recently, our city utilized State funding to convert three Toyota Prius hybrids into ‘plug-in hybrids.’ Technological advancements are increasing the range of electric cars and also decreasing the cost of these vehicles.