The California Governor’s Office of Business and Economic Development (GO-Biz) announced the publication of the Zero Emission Vehicle Market Development Strategy (ZEV Strategy). Developed in partnership with the Air Resources Board (CARB), Energy Commission (CEC), Public Utilities Commission (CPUC), State Transportation Agency (CalSTA), Department of Finance and other key State agencies, local agencies and private sector stakeholders, the ZEV Strategy is meant to help accelerate the ZEV marketplace to deliver the climate and air quality benefits of zero-emissions to all Californians.
"Climate change is a global crisis and it’s one that we all face," said Governor Gavin Newsom. "California is facing this challenge head-on and creating an opportunity for cleaner air, better mobility and strong economic recovery. ZEVs have the potential to deliver on all of these goals while also helping to lead our economic recovery. That’s because our ZEV strategy is centered around our state’s most important asset: people."
In September 2020, Governor Newsom issued an executive order that included the target that 100% of medium- and heavy-duty vehicles in the state will be zero-emission by 2045 and by 2035 for drayage trucks.
The transportation sector is responsible for nearly half of all of California’s carbon pollution, 80% of smog-forming pollution and 95% of toxic diesel emissions. This newly announced ZEV Strategy outlines how state agencies and public and private market partners can move together with the scale and speed required to eliminate the need for combustion.
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