Newsom Announces California Clean Car Agreement with Stellandis

California Gov. Kevin Newsom (D) announced a new partnership with automaker Stellandis on Tuesday that promises to get more clean cars on the road in the state.

Stellandis — whose brands include Chrysler, Dodge, Jeep and Ram — will join five other major automakers that have previously agreed to California's framework for reducing emissions in 2019. Under the agreement, Office of the Governor Stellandis said it would “avoid 12 million additional metric tons of greenhouse gas emissions” by the 2026 model year.

Stellandis will also adhere to the state's zero-emission light-duty vehicle sales requirements by 2030.

“This partnership with Stellandis will help California achieve our ambitious goals of dramatically reducing pollution and getting more clean cars on the road,” Newsom said in a statement.

“The world's largest and most influential companies understand that this is how we fight climate change together, and this is another example of the private sector joining forces in California to help millions of people get into clean vehicles,” he added.

Five other automakers — Ford, Honda, BMW of North America and Volkswagen Group of America — already are agreed to emission standards in 2019. Under the deal with Stellantis, the automaker will invest $4 million in public charging infrastructure in rural areas and public parks in the state. It will also invest $6 million in other states that have adopted California's emissions standards.

Stellantis CEO Carlos Tavares described the deal as a “win-win solution” in a statement.

“This agreement will avoid 10 to 12 million metric tons of greenhouse gas emissions over the life of the agreement and allow our U.S. customers to fully benefit from our advanced technologies, including five plug-in hybrids and two pure electric vehicles,” Tavares said. .

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“We are as committed as ever to providing sustainable options across our brand portfolio and to be at the forefront of global decarbonisation efforts,” he added.

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