In 2018, North Carolina’s transportation sector contributed 36 percent of the state's total greenhouse gas emissions. On Jan. 7 2022, Gov. Roy Cooper signed
Executive Order No. 246 (EO 246)
calling for a 50 percent reduction in statewide greenhouse gas emissions from 2005 by 2030 and set a goal of at least 1,250,000 registered zero emission vehicles (ZEV) in the state by 2030. Reducing greenhouse gas emissions in the transportation sector is a critical component of the state’s strategy, and the N.C. Department of Transportation has been working with stakeholders to develop plans and strategies to reduce transportation emissions.
2019 Zero Emission Vehicle (ZEV) Plan
As part of its effort to facilitate the reduction of emissions in the transportation sector and drive the adoption of zero emission vehicles, NCDOT published a
Zero Emission Vehicle (ZEV) Plan in September 2019 and tracks monthly
registration data for electric and plug-in hybrid vehicles.
Multi-State Medium- and Heavy-Duty ZEV Memorandum of Understanding
On July 15, 2020, Gov. Cooper joined a bi-partisan group of 15 states and the District of Columbia in signing a
Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) committing to the electrification of
medium- and heavy-duty vehicles.
Vehicle Miles Traveled (VMT) Reduction Study
As part of a settlement agreement signed in August 2019, NCDOT and settling parties agreed to convene a Vehicle Miles Traveled (VMT) reduction task force and work with a consultant to prepare a
VMT Reduction Study.