By Melanie Mason and Patrick McGreevy, September 21, 2014
The new law sets a goal of placing at least 1 million zero-emission
vehicles and near-zero-emission vehicles on the road in California by
Jan. 1, 2023.
Gov. Jerry Brown signed a package of bills Sunday boosting the state's
market for electric cars, including a measure to make such vehicles
more affordable for low-income residents.
That bill, the Charge
Ahead California Initiative by Sen. Kevin de León (D-Los Angeles), sets a
goal of placing at least 1 million zero-emission vehicles and
near-zero-emission vehicles on the road in California by Jan. 1, 2023.
"California has more electric vehicles on its roads than anywhere
else, helping us fight pollution in our state and this legislation will
further that effort," Jim Evans, a spokesman for Brown, said Sunday.
measure directs the state Air Resources Board to draft a financial plan
to meet the goal of putting 1 million vehicles on the road while making
sure that disadvantaged communities can participate.
board will change its clean-vehicle rebate program to provide an extra
credit for low-income drivers who wish to purchase 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.
who agree to scrap older, polluting cars will also get clean-vehicle
rebates on top of existing payments for junking smog-producing vehicles
under SB 1275.
“With this bill, California is driving towards a
clean-air future that benefits everyone, not just the wealthy,” De León
said in a statement.
Brown also signed a measure Sunday that will increase the number of plug-in vehicles that can use carpool lanes at all times.
measure, AB 2013 by Assemblyman Al Muratsuchi (D-Torrance), raises the
cap on the Green Sticker program -- which allows electric vehicles to
use carpool lanes regardless of the number of occupants in the vehicle
-- from 55,000 to 70,000 new cars.