California looks to ramp up electric car sales. Governor Jerry Brown set a new target of 5 million electric vehicles in California by 2030, up from a prior target of 1.5 million by 2025.
The Governor issued an executive order “to curb carbon pollution from cars and trucks and boost the number of zero-emission vehicles driven in California.” Both the state as well as companies will have to make the effort.
Brown wants California to spend 2.5 billion dollars over eight years to add 250,000 vehicle charging stations with 10,000 DC charging stops and 200 hydrogen fueling stations by 2025. Meanwhile, carmakers have announced plans to add a range of new EV models.
Brown’s adjustment of the EV sales target is in line with CARB’s latest Climate Change Scoping Plan that requires the Golden State to work towards having 4.2 million zero emission and plug-in hybrid light-duty electric vehicles on its roads by 2030 in order to reach its green house gas emission reduction target (we reported).
In the bigger picture, California’s policies come amidst the turbulence of the Trump administration trying to reverse climate protecting measures. Governor Brown however had been taking a tough stance from the start, saying “Mr. Trump is not only up against California, he’s up against the rest of the world, not to mention science itself. And it’s very obvious who’s going to win.”
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