Governor Newsom introduces historic $10 billion zero-emission vehicle package to lead global clean energy transition and fight climate change

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Package cements California’s global leadership in building an oil-free future

PALO ALTO — Governor Gavin Newsom today unveiled his landmark $10 billion zero-emission vehicle (ZEV) package to accelerate the transition to zero-emission vehicles and fight climate change. This package is an essential part of Governor Newsom’s comprehensive plan to cement California’s status as a world leader in building an oil-free future.

“The future is electric, and we’re making it easier and cheaper than ever to go electric. That means more help to help people buy clean cars and more charging stations in more communities across the state,” Governor Newsom said. “California is eliminating our dependence on oil and providing a blueprint for the world on how to aggressively fight the climate crisis while growing the state’s clean energy economy.”

This $10 billion ZEV package builds on Governor Newsom’s first nationwide move to move the auto industry fully electric by 2035, using California’s market dominance to accelerate the transition to zero-emission vehicles around the world and dramatically reduce the state. dependence on fossil fuels. Electric vehicles have become one of the state’s top export products, and California accounts for half of the US ZEV market. These actions address California’s biggest pollution culprit – the tailpipe.

“To meet California’s climate goals, we must focus on the needs of the most polluted and underserved neighborhoods. Governor Newsom’s ZEV investment proposal recognizes this reality,” said Alvaro Sanchez, vice president of policy at the Greenlining Institute. “We are excited to work with the Governor and the Legislative Assembly to prove to the rest of the country that we can not only advance our climate agenda, but also advance equity.

Building on last year’s historic $3.9 billion investment in zero-emission vehicles, Governor Newsom is proposing to inject an additional $6.1 billion to accelerate this transition – a total package of $10 billion from ZEV that will help make these vehicles more affordable and convenient for all Californians, while building the infrastructure and charging stations needed to facilitate this transition. Important investments include:

  • Low-income zero-emission vehicles and infrastructure$256 million for purchases by low-income consumers and $900 million to expand access to affordable and convenient ZEV infrastructure in low-income neighborhoods. These investments will focus on planning and deploying a range of charging options to support communities, including high-power grid-compatible fast chargers and home charging.
  • Zero-emission heavy-duty vehicles and supporting infrastructure: $935 million to add 1,000 zero-emission short-haul trucks and 1,700 zero-emission transit buses; $1.5 billion Proposition 98 to support school transportation programs, including advancing electric school buses as part of a coordinated effort between education, air pollution, and environmental agencies. energy; $1.1 billion for zero-emission trucks, buses and off-road equipment and fueling infrastructure; and $400 million to enable port electrification.
  • Zero-emission mobility: $419 million to support sustainable community transportation equity projects that improve access to zero-emission mobility in low-income communities. This includes supporting clean mobility options, sustainable transportation and equity projects, and plans that have already been developed by communities that address mobility. These locally-led projects continue to be a direct response to critical mobility needs identified by community organizations and residents working on the frontlines to lift priority populations.
  • Emerging opportunities: $200 million to invest in demonstration and pilot projects in high-carbon sectors, such as marine, aviation, rail and other off-road applications, as well as integration support of the large-scale vehicle network. These investments will help maintain California’s role as a hub for ZEV market creation and innovation, creating opportunities for economic development while accelerating zero-emissions solutions in hard-to-reach segments. of the transportation system.

California has become a working model for aggressively addressing the climate crisis while strengthening the clean energy economy, and what we’re doing here is unprecedented in both nature and scale:

  • Exceeded the 2020 greenhouse gas emissions reduction target four years ahead of schedule, while growing the state’s economy by 26%.
  • First state in the country to end the sale of new gas-powered cars by 2035, and the first in the world to require heavy-duty truck manufacturers to switch to zero-emission vehicles by 2045.
  • Take action to prevent oil drilling in our local communities and take action to completely eliminate oil drilling and fracking.
  • 485,000 clean energy jobs, more than twice as many as any other state and 6 times as many jobs as fossil fuel jobs.
  • Electric vehicles are one of the state’s top exports, and California accounts for about half of the US ZEV market.

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