Sacramento, State Capitol – Today, Governor Jerry Brown signed Senate Bill 498, authored by State Senator Nancy Skinner (D-Berkeley).
SB 498 is targeted at increasing the number of EVs and other zero-emission vehicles (ZEVs) in public and private vehicle fleets. The bill builds on Governor Brown’s 2012 Executive Order that set a target of 1.5 million ZEVs on California’s roads by 2020.
“What better way to jumpstart transportation electrification than fleets,” said Senator Skinner "Fleet owners purchase vehicles frequently and in large numbers. SB 498 will help California get many more zero-emission vehicles on our roads."
Brown’s 2012 Executive Order established that 25% of state vehicle purchases be ZEVs by 2020; state fleets are currently on track to meet this target. SB 498 increases that target to 50% by 2025 and directs the Air Resources Board to develop policies and programs that will increase ZEVs in private sector fleets.
“By mandating that 50% of state owned cars be ZEV by 2025, SB 498 sends a clear market signal that will help fuel the ZEV market for all Californians," said Senator Skinner.
SB 498 is sponsored by NextGen America, a non-profit headed by California businessman and philanthropist Tom Steyer. The bill is also supported by the American Lung Association and a variety of clean technology and environmental advocacy organizations.
"Now more than ever, Californians deserve a state government that looks to the future and leads by example," said NextGen America President Tom Steyer. "For California to become a global leader on climate change, we must reduce pollution from transportation while investing in zero-emissions vehicles and creating good-paying jobs. SB 498 will ensure that we continue to move forward by protecting clean air and water, and expanding job creation in the clean energy economy."