IMMEDIATE RELEASE: March 13, 2023 

Maryland LCV Statement on Maryland Adopting the Advanced Clean Cars II Standards

Today, Maryland League of Conservation Voters Executive Director Kim Coble joined Governor Wes Moore and Maryland Department of the Environment Secretary Serena McIlwain in announcing that Maryland will become the latest state to adopt the Advanced Clean Cars II Standards (AC II), ensuring that all new passenger cars and trucks sold in Maryland will be zero-emission by 2035. Kim Coble released the following statement:

“Transportation is the largest contributor to greenhouse gas emissions in Maryland. These emissions contribute significantly to climate change, create air pollution and cause health impacts that disproportionately affect low-income communities and communities of color.

“The Advanced Clean Car II standards are an important step toward meeting our climate goals and improving health outcomes for Marylanders, especially for communities of color and low income communities that continue to bear the brunt of the climate burden and face higher exposure to pollution. These standards will also provide a tremendous jumpstart to the state’s transition to zero-emission passenger vehicles, providing long-term savings to consumers and creating jobs.

“Maryland LCV applauds Governor Moore and Secretary McIlwain for taking  consequential and bold action to ensure Maryland is a national leader in fighting the impacts of climate change.  Their commitment and leadership are clear indicators that great things are ahead for Marylanders and our environment.”