A better future is possible.
Today, road transportation drives climate change, degrades human health, and disproportionally affects already marginalized communities. This system relies on fossil fuels and will cost society trillions in health and climate impacts: we have a choice, but we need to act now.
By putting road transport on a new path, we can achieve dramatic benefits for the climate, health and justice, jobs, and the economy.
Mitigate climate change
The world is already experiencing an increased prevalence of drought, wildfires, floods, property damage, political instability, and more, as a consequence of our current fossil fuel-based system.
Road transportation can change the course of CO2 emissions
See how a high electrification pathwayimpacts emissions, with power decarbonization by 2045-2050
The Drive Electric Campaign is pursuing a different path — electric road transportation, powered by increasingly clean electricity, can eliminate over 90% of the climate pollution from road transport, providing one of the most powerful, globally scalable ways toward a safer climate. Because of their higher efficiency, EVs are already cleaner than fossil fuel-powered vehicles almost everywhere in the world and will get cleaner over time.
Improve health and justice
Around the world, people living in and near polluted cities, freight corridors, and busy ports experience higher rates of respiratory diseases, heart disease, and other negative health consequences, with the impacts disproportionately affecting people of color.
Today’s global road transportation emissions cause at least 230,000 premature deaths per year, which could rise to over half a million deaths per year as populations and emissions rise. Sadly, around 4 million children per year develop asthma due to transportation air pollution.
Catalyze a clean economy
Because of their much lower fuel and maintenance costs, electric cars, trucks, and buses will save thousands of dollars during their operation, and soon, EVs of all types will be cheaper to buy than similar fossil fuel vehicles.
Employment needs to manufacture EVs are similar to combustion vehicles (based on studies in Europe). Beyond the vehicles themselves, EVs create an ecosystem with more green jobs – electrifying road transport can lead to millions of jobs in manufacturing, charging and refueling infrastructure, and local services.
Finally, fully electrifying transportation can help the world avoid $4-16 trillion in climate-related damages over the next 40 years. These savings represent avoided changes in agricultural productivity, human health impacts, property damages from increased flooding, and lost ecosystem services due to climate change.