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Gov. Jerry Brown Calls for Five Million ZEVs on California Roads by 2030

The executive order calls for $2.5 billion for rebates and electric charging and hydrogen fueling stations, subject to approval by legislature. His earlier executive order called for 1.5 million zero-emission vehicles by 2025.
January 29, 2018, 12pm PST | Irvin Dawid
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The day after delivering his 16th and final state of the state address to the legislature, Gov. Jerry Brown followed through with one of the environmental goals he mentioned in Thursday's speech. During his second year in office in 2012, the Democratic governor signed an executive order calling for 1.5 million zero-emission vehicles (ZEVs) on the road by 2025. 

"California leads the country with 350,000 zero-emission vehicles on the road, up from 25,000 six years ago," reports Melody Gutierrez for the San Francisco Chronicle on Jan. 26. A feature article published last April in Utility Dive indicated that the state was lagging in meeting the 2025 goal.

The California Air Resource Board provides incentives in the form of generous rebates for purchases of battery-electric vehicles, both all-battery and lesser amounts for plug-in hybrid electric vehiclesfuel cell electric vehicles, and clean air vehicle decals for these vehicles enabling them to access carpool lanes without passengers and use express lanes without being tolled.

"This $2.5 billion initiative will help bring 250,000 vehicle charging stations and 200 hydrogen fueling stations to California by 2025," states Executive Order B-48-18. It notes that the transportation sector "accounts for 50 percent of the state’s greenhouse gas emissions and 80 percent of smog-forming pollutants" although the air board shows that the transportation accounts for 39 percent in its 2015 greenhouse gas emission inventory released last June.

"The state currently has about 14,000 public charging stations and 31 hydrogen refueling stations," adds Gutierrez for the Chronicle.

The bulk of the funding — $1.6 billion — would come from the state’s cap-and-trade program, while $900 million would come from California Energy Commission revenue.

On the legislative front, Assemblyman Phil Ting (D-San Francisco) introduced AB 1745, the Clean Cars 2040 Act, which bans sales of passenger vehicles with internal combustion engines in California by 2040, i.e., all vehicles sold in-state by that date would have to be zero-emission vehicles in order to be registered. His bill introduced last year to greatly increase rebates for electric vehicles, AB 1141, appears inactive but he is promoting it on his website alongside AB 1745.

 Hat tip to Kathryn Phillips, Sierra Club California.
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Published on Friday, January 26, 2018 in San Francisco Chronicle
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