Commend President Obama's Commitment to Battery-Electric, Light-Duty Vehicles

Resolution Number SD09.22

Commend President Obama’s Commitment to Battery-Electric, Light-Duty Vehicles

WHEREAS, light-duty battery-electric vehicles (BEV) are a key “zero emission” vehicle technology for meeting California’s goals for reducing greenhouse gas emissions, improving air quality and ending dependence on petroleum; and

WHEREAS, on August 5, 2009, President Barack Obama announced $2.4 billion in grants going to nearly 50 new advanced battery and electric drive components manufacturing and electric drive vehicle projects in the U.S., including in California, in order to accelerate and improve the cost and performance of battery technology; and

WHEREAS, battery powered vehicles appear on the verge of commercialization by several manufacturers; policies are being established internationally to develop millions of battery-electric vehicles over the next decade and California must continue to be a leader in advocating for the use of this technology;

THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED, that the California Democratic Party commends President Barack Obama and his administration for providing the resources to support the large-scale adoption of battery-electric light-duty vehicles and the installation of charging infrastructure; and

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that the California Democratic Party urges the state to implement regulations to encourage this technology by promoting the large-scale adoption of battery-electric light-duty vehicles and to the installation of charging infrastructure.

Submitted by Michael Bullock, AD 73

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Adopted by the Executive Board
Of the California Democratic Party
At its Executive Board Meeting
Hyatt Regency Mission Bay Hotel, San Diego
November 15, 2009

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