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February 10, 2021
Virginia Senate
Members of the Senate Commerce and Labor Committee
Pocahontas Building
900 East Main Street
Richmond, Virginia 23219
Re: Support for HB 1965: Clean Cars Virginia
Dear Committee Members,

As members and supporters of E2 (Environmental Entrepreneurs), we are writing in support of adopting a low-emission and zero-emission vehicle (LEV/ZEV) standards with Clean Cars Virginia (HB 1965).

E2 is a national, nonpartisan group of business leaders, investors, and professionals from every sector of the economy who advocate for smart policies that are good for the economy and good for the environment. Nationally, E2 members have founded or funded more than 2,500 companies, created more than 600,000 jobs, and manage more than $100 billion in venture and private equity capital.

Passing Clean Cars Virginia would ensure Virginians are able to continue to buy any size and power of vehicle that best fits their needs, while also reducing harmful emissions from the transportation sector, improving air quality and creating economic opportunities for further investment and job creation in the Commonwealth.

According to E2’s Clean Jobs America report, Virginia was home to more than 5,557 clean vehicle and fuel jobs at the end of 2019, and ranked 10th in the nation for the number of clean energy jobs across sectors. Although COVID-19 has resulted in significant job loss in Virginia’s clean energy and clean transportation industries, E2’s most recent report, “Clean Jobs, Better Jobs” shows that wages from clean energy jobs, including transportation, are 7 percent higher than the state’s median wage.

By ensuring automakers offer Virginia dealerships cleaner cars, pickups, minivans and SUVs, Clean Cars Virginia would not only provide certainty for an industry that already supports local workers and has the ability to quickly create thousands of new jobs that the state will need as we look towards recovery from COVID-19 job losses, it would also reduce climate pollution by at least 3 million tons per year, push down electricity rates, and generate fuel costs savings for Virginia businesses and residents.

In 14 other clean car states, automakers have already shown they can meet and exceed Clean Car standards and with over 40 electric vehicle models already available in the U.S. market, enacting Clean Cars Virginia now will provide consumers with the options they want and businesses with the market signals they need for continued investment and economic growth.

Adopting Clean Cars Virginia would be a smart, business-first policy to drive greater consumer choice and job creation, all while saving consumers money and improving air quality. As business leaders who are creating jobs and driving economic growth in Virginia, we urge you to pass HB 1965, Clean Cars Virginia.

Dave Belote
Managing Partner & CEO, DARE Strategies LLC
Chase Counts
Senior Director of Operations, Community Housing Partners
Todd Gossett
VP, Corporate Development, SES Government Solutions
Conrad Grundlehner
President, CGI
Micaela Preskill
Midwest Advocate, E2
Christian Rees
Director of Installations, Defense Threat Reduction Agency
Lt Gen (ret) Noman Seip
Owner, NS Solutions, LLC
Ermias Shiferaw
Building Analyst, EzGreen Home
Scott Sklar
President, The Stella Group, Ltd
Anthony Scott Tate
Associate Director, Virginia Tech Office of Economic Development
Laura Wasko
Sales, Main Street Solar

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