Just before announcing he’d be heading to New York City to take part in the United Nations international climate summit this week, Gov. Jerry Brown of California signed a bill that will be the launch point for getting one million electric vehicles on California’s roads. SB 1275, the Charge Ahead California Initiative, sets a goal of getting at least one million zero-emission or near-zero emission vehicles on roads in the Golden State by 2023.
California is a hot spot for electric vehicles, as Californians buy one-third of all electric vehicles in the U.S. The majority of these high-tech electric vehicles are made in America—many are union made by workers at Ford and GM. From all-electric compacts to plug-in family sedans to luxury cars, electric vehicles and technology are made all across America for all kinds of American households. And, earlier this year it was announced that more than 100,000 plug-in cars had been sold in the state since 2010.
The bill’s author, state Sen. Kevin de León of Los Angeles, said the new law will help ensure that everyone has access to electric vehicles. “With this bill, California is driving towards a clean-air future that benefits everyone, not just the wealthy,” he said in a statement. It will help to bring electric vehicles to low- and moderate-income households through new financing tools. In addition, it promotes car sharing programs that can give access to a (clean) vehicle for families that need only occasional use of a car—rather than being burdened with purchasing a car that they may not fully utilize.