Cars and Trucks

Plug-In Hybrids

Plug-in HybridPlug-In Hybrid Electric vehicles represent one of the most immediate, dramatic, and affordable solutions for reducing petroleum use and global warming pollution from vehicles.

Plug-ins are capable of achieving more than 100 miles per gallon gasoline equivalent and can reduce greenhouse gas emissions by nearly 60 percent in California. Even greater reductions are possible as we add more renewable power sources, such as solar and wind, to our electric grid.

Importantly, no new fueling, production, or transportation infrastructure is required to achieve these profound greenhouse gas reductions; an extension cord and a standard outlet is all that is necessary to refuel the car's electric battery.

Read our fact sheet on plug-in hybrids.

Fighting For Pavley

Traffic JamCalifornia's Pavley Law, which would limit CO2 emissions of cars and trucks in the state by around 30 percent, is being zealously blocked by the federal government.

In order for the duly enacted laws to take effect, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) had to grant a waiver. The EPA deliberated for nearly two years, during which time the Supreme Court ruled the EPA had to view regulated CO2 as a pollutant and a federal judge rejected corporate arguments against the law. These rulings appeared to reinforce California’s claim that it had a right to regulate emissions and provided the EPA good reasons to grant the waiver. Unfortunately, the EPA formally refused the waivers at the end of 2007.

Not to be discouraged, Friends of the Earth is backing a bill in the U.S. Congress that would grant the waiver that EPA denied.

Read the letter to Senators Boxer and Feinstein