California Governor Jerry Brown signed a package of bills over the weekend aimed at increasing the state's electric car uptake.

The measures, part of the Charge Ahead California Initiative, set a 2023 goal of 1 million zero-emission vehicles and near-zero-emission vehicles on the roads in California.

Charge Ahead California Looks To See 1 Million Plug-Ins On The Road Within 10 Years

Charge Ahead California Looks To See 1 Million Plug-Ins On The Road Within 10 Years

As the Los Angeles Times reports:

"California has more electric vehicles on its roads than anywhere else, helping us fight pollution in our state and this legislation will further that effort," Jim Evans, a spokesman for Brown, said Sunday.

The measure directs the state Air Resources Board to draft a financial plan to meet the goal of putting 1 million vehicles on the road while making sure that disadvantaged communities can participate.

The board will change its clean-vehicle rebate program to provide an extra credit for low-income drivers who wish to purchase or lease an electric car. It also will provide assistance to car-sharing programs in low-income neighborhoods and install electric-vehicle charging stations in apartment buildings in those communities.

A quick breakdown of the measures signed by Brown is as follows:

AB 1721: Grants free or reduced-rates in high-occupancy toll (HOT) lanes to clean air vehicles.

AB 2013: Increases to 70,000 the number of advanced technology partial zero-emission vehicles that may be allowed in high-occupancy vehicle lanes, regardless of occupancy level. AB 2090: Repeals the level of service requirements on HOT lanes for the San Diego Association of Governments and the Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority, and directs them to work with the California Department of Transportation to develop appropriate performance measures. AB 2565: Requires commercial and residential property owners to approve installation of an electric vehicle charging station by renters, so long as the station meets requirements. SB 1275: Creates the Charge Ahead California Initiative, which provides incentives to increase the availability of zero emission vehicles in low-income communities.

SB 1298: Makes the pilot projects for the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority's operation of HOT lanes on State Highway Routes 10 and 110 permanent.

Press Release Below

Governor Brown Signs Electric Vehicle Legislation

9-21-2014

SACRAMENTO - Capping off National Drive Electric Week, Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. today signed half a dozen bills to strengthen California's best-in-the-nation electric vehicle market.

The Governor signed the following bills today:

- AB 1721 by Assemblymember Eric F. Linder (R-Corona): Grants free or reduced-rates in high-occupancy toll (HOT) lanes to clean air vehicles. - AB 2013 by Assemblymember Al Muratsuchi (D-Torrance): Increases to 70,000 the number of advanced technology partial zero-emission vehicles that may be allowed in high-occupancy vehicle lanes, regardless of occupancy level. - AB 2090 by Assemblymember Paul Fong (D-San Jose): Repeals the level of service requirements on HOT lanes for the San Diego Association of Governments and the Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority, and directs them to work with the California Department of Transportation to develop appropriate performance measures. - AB 2565 by Assemblymember Al Muratsuchi (D-Torrance): Requires commercial and residential property owners to approve installation of an electric vehicle charging station by renters, so long as the station meets requirements. - SB 1275 by Senator Kevin de León (D-Los Angeles): Creates the Charge Ahead California Initiative, which provides incentives to increase the availability of zero emission vehicles in low-income communities. - SB 1298 by Senator Ed Hernandez (D-West Covina): Makes the pilot projects for the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority's operation of HOT lanes on State Highway Routes 10 and 110 permanent.

This action builds on the state's efforts to help California's electric vehicle market grow, including legislation Governor Brown signed last year and the executive order he issued in 2012 to establish a target of 1.5 million zero-emission vehicles on the road in California by 2025 and a number of other long-term goals.

California accounts for 40 percent of the nation's plug-in electric vehicle sales and earlier this month, surpassed 100,000 plug-in electric vehicles sold.

National Drive Electric Week is a nationwide celebration of all-electric and plug-in hybrid-electric vehicles and includes more than a dozen events across California between September 15th and 21st.

Source: LA Times