California Governor Jerry Brown has doubled down on the Golden State’s commitment to electric vehicles (EVs) by enacting six laws aimed at promoting EVs. The package of legislation includes two laws aimed at making EVs available to a broader audience of individuals – one for people who live in multi-unit dwellings and another with incentives for getting EVs into carshare programs.
Landlords in California now cannot block the installation of EV charging equipment through restrictive leases if renters agree to pay the costs. This law will help California’s large renter population join the EV crowd and could help the state reach its goal of 1 million EVs on the road by 2023. Most purchasers of EVs to date live in single-family homes, and this law removes one potential obstacle for broader adoption.
According to Navigant Research’s report, EV Geographic Forecasts, which was produced before these new laws were passed, California was likely to have approximately 820,000 light duty EVs on the road by 2023.
PEVs on the Road, California and the United States: 2014-2023
(Source: Navigant Research)
Smoggy and Dry
California is home to 7 of the 10 cities in the United States with the worst air quality, including smoggy Bakersfield, and has endured 3 consecutive years of drought, which is motivating Governor Brown to continue efforts to promote emissions-free driving in the state. Some of those afflicted communities might breathe a little easier in future years, as another of the new laws targets incentives for placing EVs in carsharing programs in lower income areas with air quality problems. EVs make sense in carshare and rental programs, as users don’t have to refuel the vehicles, and motorists who have a good experience could later become EV purchasers. However, even after federal and state incentives, higher priced EVs are still out of reach of many consumers.
Incentives for plug-in vehicle drivers, such as HOV access, have proven critical in increasing EV adoption. States such as California, Georgia, Oregon, and Washington that offer financial and other incentives are also the top sellers in EVs per capita. According to HybridCars.com, sales of plug-in hybrids are up 44% over last year, while sales of battery electric vehicles are up 20%.
Tags: Carbon Emissions, Clean Transportation, Electric Vehicles, Policy & Regulation, Smart Transportation Program
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