On July 22, 2022, the Los Angeles Cleantech Incubator and the USC Schwarzenegger Institute hosted a celebration of the 20th anniversary of the signing of California's Clean Car Standards Bill, AB 1493. LACI showed off its network of zero emission vehicles as part of the program, as it has always been a highlight of these events. Envoy Technologies was in attendance to participate and showcase their electric vehicle fleet including the Tesla Model S. Former Governor Gray Davis and former State Senator Fran Pavley, author of AB 1493, were also in attendance and spoke on the importance of the bill. Along with Matt Petersen, President and CEO of LACI and Conyers Davis, Global Director, USC Schwarzenegger Institute adding their insights before the over 75 attendees representing government, academics, non-profits and more.
The Clean Car Standards Bill was signed into law in 2002 by California Governor Gray Davis. It was the first legislative action in the United States for the regulation of vehicle greenhouse gas emissions by initiating firmer clean air standards. Throughout the following years, AB 1943 was strictly defended from state and federal challenges against it. With strong legislative defense and support, in 2009, AB 1943 became the national standard for clean air emission regulation. Currently, 16 states and the District of Columbia have adopted California's clean air standards. These states are helping to improve air quality and protect the environment and the health of their citizens, just as California initiated.
This policy has ensured that vehicles in California are less polluting, creating a greater market for more fuel-efficient vehicles and electric vehicles. The impact of AB 1493 has been substantial and an astounding confirmation that climate policies are great for our environment and great for our economy. The LACI held celebration provided inspiration and discussions on how to provide greater opportunities for change.
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