California’s governor Jerry Brown signed an executive order on Friday, that “aims to curb carbon pollution from cars and trucks and boost the number of zero-emission vehicles driven in California”. The executive order includes financial incentives and rebates, aiming to accelerate the production and adoption of electric vehicles, eventually reaching 5 million by 2030.

Significantly improved EVs plan

“To continue to meet California’s climate goals and clean air standards, California must go even further to accelerate the market for zero-emission vehicles”, according to the governor. The goal of the order is to “dramatically reduce carbon emissions from transportation — a sector that accounts for 50% of the state’s greenhouse gas emissions and 80% of smog-forming pollutants”.

The eight-year plan costs $2.5 billion, and involves installing 250,000 electric charging stations and 200 hydrogen fuelling stations by 2025. The new plan is a significant improvement from the previous 2012 goal to have 1.5 million zero-emission vehicles on the roads by 2025.

California will continue leading EVs adoption

California has the biggest automobile market, with approximately 14.5 million vehicles for 40 million people. The state also has the largest number of zero-emissions vehicles, which has increased by 1,300% in 6 years. However, there are currently only 350,000 electric and hydrogen fuel cell vehicles in California, while sales of eco-friendly vehicles represent 5% of all car sales.

California previously adopted a goal to cut down CO2 emissions to 40% below the 1990 level by 2030. When approved, the measures of the new plan will additionally enable the state to maintain exponential growth in EVs adoptions and leadership position in the market.

In addition, the order also includes a $1.25 billion investment in California’s own carbon market, enabling the state to obtain half of its electricity from renewable sources by 2030.

Snezana Sokolovska

Snezana has extensive international background and business media experience. She is covering e-mobility, autonomous vehicles and smart technology at Electric Think.

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