Philanthropy is accelerating a global campaign to electrify all vehicles for health and climate benefits—bringing together proven strategies for amplified impact, such as enacting policies that require business action and encourage consumer demand. California’s experience shows how philanthropy can make this happen.
In 2019, zero-emission technology was ready and prices dropped, making it possible for heavier and bigger trucks to go electric. The state was considering a standard for trucks, but the proposal was weak.
Philanthropy played a key role in convincing policymakers that a strong rule was feasible, cost-effective, and necessary to meet clean air and climate goals. It also supported a coalition that influenced the policy process, challenged industry, and advocated for a stronger rule—helping ensure the government would make this legislation a priority.
China and the EU are now considering similar policies, illustrating the potential for rapid transfer and scaling of these wins to the global stage.