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Testimony on S.1661, An Act to encourage the rental of electric and hybrid vehicles

Updated: May 26, 2020

Dear Chairs Hinds and Cusack,

Thank you for allowing me to state my support for Senate Bill 1661, An Act to encourage the rental of electric and hybrid vehicles. A $2 surcharge on non-electric/hybrid rentals will push consumers to lower their carbon footprint by choosing efficient vehicles, even if only for a short time. Even if the consumer chooses to rent a car that runs on petroleum, the surcharge ensures that renewable energy is not at a total loss, since the funds from the surcharge are allocated to the Renewable Energy Trust Fund.

In the U.S., 29% of greenhouse gas emissions originate from the transportation sector. In Massachusetts, that number jumps to 43%, making it by far the most prevalent source of greenhouse gas emissions in the commonwealth (1). The Global Warming Solutions Act from 2008 requires a 25% decrease in greenhouse gas emissions by 2020 and an 80% decrease by 2050 (based on 1990 baseline). While we are currently on track to hit our 2020 target, this bill is a small step to achieving our 2050 goal.

I hope the committee reports favorably on this bill to further encourage the use of hybrid/electric vehicles in the commonwealth, not just for our own residents, but also visitors to Massachusetts. Thank you for your consideration of this bill.

1) https://www.mass.gov/service-details/ma-ghg-emission-trends


Maria D. Robinson

State Representative


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