California Takes Important Next Step Forward in its 100% Zero Emission Vehicle Future
New strategy to accelerate marketplace
Sacramento, CA – The Governor’s Office of Business and Economic Development (GO-Biz) today announced the publication of the Zero Emission Vehicle Market Development Strategy (ZEV Strategy). Developed in partnership with the Air Resources Board (CARB), Energy Commission (CEC), Public Utilities Commission (CPUC), State Transportation Agency (CalSTA), Department of Finance and other key State agencies, local agencies and private sector stakeholders, the ZEV Strategy is meant to help accelerate the ZEV marketplace to deliver the climate and air quality benefits of zero-emissions to all Californians.
"Climate change is a global crisis and it’s one that we all face," said Governor Newsom. "California is facing this challenge head-on and creating an opportunity for cleaner air, better mobility and strong economic recovery. ZEVs have the potential to deliver on all of these goals while also helping to lead our economic recovery. That’s because our ZEV strategy is centered around our state’s most important asset: people."
In September 2020, Governor Newsom issued an executive order with the following targets:
- 100 percent of in-state sales of new passenger cars and trucks will be zero-emission by 2035.
- 100 percent of medium- and heavy-duty vehicles in the state will be zero-emission by 2045 and by 2035 for drayage trucks.
- 100 percent of off-road vehicles and equipment will be zero-emission by 2035.
The transportation sector is responsible for nearly half of all of California’s carbon pollution, 80 percent of smog-forming pollution and 95 percent of toxic diesel emissions. This newly announced ZEV Strategy outlines how state agencies and public and private market partners can move together with the scale and speed required to eliminate the need for combustion.
"We have long known why transitioning to ZEVs is a necessity," said Tyson Eckerle, Deputy Director of GO-Biz’s ZEV Market Development. "With Governor Newsom’s leadership, we have a shared target for when. The ZEV Strategy is about how. The effort is built around the innovative and collaborative spirit of California, and we look forward to continuing to work with our partners, learning and modifying as we go through time."
"We can protect public health, meet federal air quality standards and clean up our most polluted communities by shifting the entire transportation sector to zero-emission technologies," said CARB Chair, Liane M. Randolph. "The ZEV Strategy provides the roadmap for the crucial role of market development to electrify how we move people and goods."
"The transportation sector must play a feature role in tackling climate change and meeting our state’s aggressive zero-emission targets," said CalSTA Secretary, David S. Kim. "The ZEV Strategy is the linchpin in our efforts to realize the economic, climate and environmental justice benefits of widespread ZEV adoption."
"This important framework sets the stage for California to fully realize the benefits of the emerging global ZEV market including cleaner air, good in-state jobs, and lower fueling costs for drivers," said CEC Commissioner, Patty Monahan. "We are all in on electrifying transportation, and to building out ZEV refueling infrastructure that benefits everyone."
"This strategy has the key pillars needed for California to meet its pathbreaking electrification goals and lead the rest of the country and world," said CPUC Commissioner, Clifford Rechtschaffen. "The implementation details are critical to making California’s bold vision a reality."
To view the ZEV Market Development Strategy, click here.