Cooper energy order calls for increase in electric vehicles, 50% of new sales by 2030

Gov. Roy Cooper briefs media at the Emergency Operations Center in Raleigh. Photo via N.C. Dept. of Public Safety

RALEIGH — Gov. Roy Cooper’s Jan. 7 executive order affirming a “commitment to a clean energy economy” would direct the state to achieve net-zero greenhouse gas emissions and create what he calls “green energy economic opportunities.” 

“Transforming North Carolina toward a clean energy and more equitable economy will provide good jobs and a healthy environment for generations of families across our state. To achieve our goals we must be clear, intentional and determined,” Cooper said in a statement.  

The order calls, but does not give specifics for, an increase in zero-emission vehicles and for 50% of new vehicle sales to be zero-emission by 2030. It also directs the N.C. Department of Transportation to develop a “Clean Transportation Plan” with reductions in vehicle miles traveled; increases in zero-emission cars, trucks, and buses; and other unnamed strategies.