California is already recognized as the beating heart of electric vehicles, and current Governor Jerry Brown wants the state to keep its leadership position.
Brown recently signed a number of bills and approved legislation aimed at getting 1 million zero-emission vehicles on the road by 2023. Arguably the most important portion is aimed at making those vehicles more affordable for lower-income people.
“We face an existential challenge with the changes in our climate,” Brown said. “The time to act is now. The place to look is California. We’re not finished, but we sure are setting the pace.”
According to the LA Times, “the legislation … directs the state Air Resources Board to draft a financial plan to meet that goal and make sure that disadvantaged communities can participate.
“The board will change its clean-vehicle rebate program to provide an extra credit for low-income drivers who wish to buy or lease an electric car. It also will provide assistance to car-sharing programs in low-income neighborhoods and install electric vehicle charging stations in apartment buildings in those communities.”
Other incentives include additional rebates in a “cash-for-clunkers” style arrangement, and the legislation also increased the cap on the number of available carpool-lane stickers from 55,000 to 70,000 cars.
State Senator Kevin de León (D-Los Angeles), who sponsored part of the legislation, said, “I’m very excited that California is charging ahead with plans to have electric vehicles in every ZIP Code across the state. We’re going to lead the way in the fight against climate change by putting a million EVs on the road, which means making them affordable to all drivers, not just the wealthy.”