The state of California is all-in on electric cars as Governor Jerry Brown signed an executive order to “curb carbon pollution from cars and trucks and boost the number of zero-emission vehicles driven in California.”
Reuters reported last Friday that the state has set a new goal to deploy five million zero-emission vehicles by 2030, which is significantly higher than a previous target of 1.5 million by 2025.
The California governor wants to spend $2.5 billion over eight years to add 250,000 vehicle charging stations and 200 hydrogen fueling stations by 2025. Infrastructure will be critical as automakers gear up to introduce a slew of electrified and all-electric cars by the mid-2020s.
However, California’s aggressive moves come as the Trump Administration still ponders changes to the 2022-2025 CAFE standards. The California Air Resources Board and the administration recently held a new round of talks over the matter. CARB chair Mary Nichols said the administration hasn’t proposed any changes to the fuel economy regulations thus far.
Twelve other states follow CARB fuel economy regulations and Environmental Protection Agency air office chief Bill Wehrum said the goal is to remain aligned with California. Any major changes could tip off a states’ rights battle between the federal government.