Chevrolet Bolt EV concept

Chevrolet Bolt EV concept

California Governor Jerry Brown wishes to make all new cars only zero-emission... by 2050.

The goal was set prior to COP21, which makes us wonder whether it's real or just pure policy, especially since the agreement with other governments are nonbinding.

"As the state's top climate officials prepare to join world leaders at the U.N. Climate Change Conference this week, California today announced an effort by 13 North American and European governments to make all new passenger vehicles sold in their jurisdictions zero-emission by 2050. Additionally, it was announced that eight new signatories have joined the Under 2 MOU climate pact.

With more than 190 nations convening in Paris to negotiate a landmark climate agreement, the announcements demonstrate the growing momentum among national and sub-national governments for ambitious goals to reduce climate-disrupting greenhouse gas emissions."

ZEV Alliance

ZEV Alliance

International Zero-Emission Vehicle Alliance (ZEV Alliance) was established by 4 members - California, The Netherlands and Québec, Canada. With 8 new members there are now 13 in total with Germany surprisingly joining the cause:

  • California (U.S.)
  • Connecticut (U.S.)
  • Maryland (U.S.)
  • Massachusetts (U.S.)
  • New York (U.S.)
  • Oregon (U.S.)
  • Rhode Island (U.S.)
  • Vermont (U.S.)
  • Québec (Canada)
  • Germany
  • Netherlands
  • Norway
  • United Kingdom

"International ZEV Alliance partners are already leaders in the rapidly growing market for ZEVS, which include battery electric, plug-in hybrid and fuel cell vehicles. Together the jurisdictions account for about half of zero-emission vehicle sales worldwide.

Large-scale adoption of electric vehicles, in concert with increasing renewable energy sources, is not only essential for limiting climate change impacts, but will also improve air quality and public health, end global dependence on petroleum, and grow the low-carbon economy.

In 2012, Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. issued an executive order directing state government to help accelerate adoption of zero-emission vehicles in California toward a goal of 1.5 million ZEVs by the year 2025. Since then, the California market has grown significantly, with California now accounting for about 50 percent of ZEVs nationwide."