Do you have questions about electric cars and trucks? The New Mexico Environment Department is hosting two more public meetings in the coming weeks about the proposed Advanced Clean Cars and Trucks statewide standards. This is your opportunity to ask questions and share your support for these standards which will help lower household transportation costs and reduce air pollution to protect the air we breathe.

One meeting will be held in person in Albuquerque and one virtually. Here is the schedule:

• Wednesday, Oct. 4 – 4:30-6:30 p.m., online, register at and look for the date on the event calendar

• Monday, Oct. 16 – 4:30-6:30 p.m., Community Meeting Room, ABQ International District Public Library, 7601 Central Ave. NE, Albuquerque, NM 87108

Studies have shown that while challenges to widespread electric car and truck adoption exist, the Advanced Clean Cars and Trucks program itself will deliver significant public health and economic benefits to New Mexicans. New Mexico can generate $3.3 billion in public health, environmental and economic benefits and avoid more than 28,000 respiratory illnesses by 2050 by transitioning to zero-emission electric trucks, according to a recent study. Another report shows that New Mexicans could receive up to $44 billion in benefits through 2050 from public health and climate improvements, savings to drivers of zero-emissions vehicles (ZEV), and utility customer savings — by fully adopting the standards through 2035. Join me to support delivering these benefits to New Mexicans at a meeting near you.

Charles Goodmacher