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  • The proposal aims to make electric vehicles more accessible to low-income communities.
  • It includes reductions in diesel pollution with electric trucks and buses.
  • Bloomberg aims to cut U.S. emissions by 50 percent by 2030.

Democratic presidential hopeful Michael Bloomberg unveiled a plan Friday that would require all new vehicles sold in the United States to be electric by 2035.

The billionaire and former New York City mayor’s proposal looks to slash U.S. greenhouse gas emissions from the transportation sector as part of a broader plan to cut emissions economy-wide by 50 percent by 2030 if he's elected president.

He also wants to make electric vehicles more accessible to low-income families by using a “Clean Cars for All” program that includes rebates for trading in old cars for electric ones.

The proposal includes the construction of high-speed rail and reducing diesel pollution through electric trucks and buses, as well as providing more-efficient access to public transit.

“Our nation’s transportation system keeps too many Americans stuck in traffic and paying too much at the pump. And it’s also our biggest source of greenhouse gases and pollution that causes asthma and other health problems, especially in low-income communities,” Bloomberg’s campaign said in an outline of his plan.

“New and more affordable electric vehicle models, which can be powered by clean and renewable energy, are entering the market rapidly," his campaign added. "With drastically lower costs for fuel and maintenance, they save families and businesses money, and clear the air of pollution.”

Earlier this week, Bloomberg released a proposal that would make all new buildings zero-carbon by 2025. He also pledged to slash the use of fossil fuels, including natural gas.

Published on Jan 17, 2020