California Governor Signs 6 Clean Transportation / Plug-In Vehicle Bills

4 years ago by Eric Loveday 8

Governor Brown Backs Electric Vehicles

Governor Brown Backs Electric Vehicles

California Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. kicked off the third annual National Plug In Day by signing a half dozen bills that support clean transportation.

Plug-Ins Are California's Future

Plug-Ins Are California’s Future

Quoting Governor Brown:

 

“Today, we reaffirm our commitment in California to an electric vehicle future.”

The bills signed by the governor include:

AB 8: Extends to 2024 programs aimed at reducing auto emissions in California, including the Alternative and Renewable Fuel and Vehicle Technology Program, the Air Quality Improvement Program, the Enhanced Fleet Modernization Program and the Carl Moyer Memorial Air Quality Standards Attainment Program.
AB 266: Extends the white sticker program allowing for certain low-emission vehicles to drive in high-occupancy or “diamond” lanes until 2019 or until federal authorization expires.
AB 1092: Requires the California Building Standards Commission and the Department of Housing and Community Development to develop standards for electric vehicle charging infrastructure in multi-family housing and non-residential developments.
SB 286: Extends the green sticker program allowing for certain low-emission vehicles to drive in high-occupancy or “diamond” lanes until 2019 or until federal authorization expires.
SB 359: Provides $30 million to fund the Clean Vehicle Rebate Project and the Hybrid and Zero-Emission Truck and Bus Voucher Incentive Project; $10 million to fund the Heavy-Duty Vehicle Air Quality Loan Program; and appropriates $8 million for the enhanced fleet modernization program.
SB 454: Creates the Electric Vehicle Charging Stations Open Access Act, which removes obstacles to using electric vehicles by making electric vehicle charging stations accessible to all electric vehicle drivers, easier to locate and more convenient to use.

These bills should help California reach its goal of 1.5 million zero-emission vehicles on the state’s road by 2025.

Additionally, We’re sure that these bills will make for bigger numbers on our monthly scorecard.

An all-around win for electric vehicles come from the signing of these 6 bills…thanks Governor Brown!!!

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8 responses to "California Governor Signs 6 Clean Transportation / Plug-In Vehicle Bills"

  1. Spec says:

    At this point, they might just as well call it “The plug-in lane” since plug-ins will exceed the multi-occupant vehicles soon (if not already).

    1. io says:

      I wish, but nope, nowhere near. There are some 32 millions registered vehicles in California and just 34000, or about 0.1%, are plug-ins.
      http://dmv.ca.gov/about/profile/official.pdf
      http://energycenter.org/programs/clean-vehicle-rebate-project/cvrp-project-statistics

      Furthermore, nothing prevents PIVs drivers from actually carpooling. I do that all the time — I have my kids with me for most of the time I spent on the highway.

      1. Spec says:

        Oh, I’m going by my experience which is probably different since it is silicon valley. But (sadly) there are very few people carpooling and LOTS of plug-ins (Teslas, Volts, Leafs, Honda Fit EV, Plug-In Prius, Fusion Energi, C-Max Energi, Think City, Smart EDs, Mitsubishi-is, etc.)

        1. Dave R says:

          When you have many tech companies essentially giving employees free cars and free charging so that they can take advantage of the carpool lane even when not-carpooling – it’s no wonder that the carpool lanes are filled with plug-ins.

  2. Ted Fredrick says:

    How does SB454 effect the Tesla only charge stations????

    1. Bill G. says:

      Think ADAPTERS!!

  3. scott moore says:

    SB454

    This bill would create the Electric Vehicle Charging Stations Open Access Act, which would prohibit the charging of a subscription fee on persons desiring to use an electric vehicle charging station, as defined, and would prohibit a requirement for persons to obtain membership in any club, association, or organization as a condition of using the station, except as specified. The bill would require the total actual charges for the use of an electric vehicle charging station to be disclosed to the public at the point of sale. The bill would require an electric vehicle charging station to provide to the general public 2 specified options of payment.

    Welcome to government control of charging stations. And this is supposed to encourage companies to install more charging stations how exactly ?????

    1. Bill G. says:

      The government should facilitate not control. How about tax incentives (as well as code requirements) to develop and install smart outlets with which you can use your portable EVSE. Swipe a card to activate and they charge you for the KWH’s used. These needn’t be much more sophisticated than card activated parking meters.