California Adopts 15% Plug-in Vehicles By 2025
California has led the way for the mass adoption of electric cars and plug-in hybrids. With recent surveys highlighting the daily usage of California’s primary electric cars averaging 26 miles, their recharging at night with little stress to the grid, the latest legislation aims to make these vehicles even more affordable and easier to use daily.
California Green Car Legislation. The California State Legislature passed a legislative deal authored by Assemblymember Bob Blumenfield that aims to make electric vehicle more affordable and practical. The legislation includes the following bills.
AB 2502. Bill AB 2502 aims for car dealers to include the cost of accelerating the installation of charging stations, meaning facilitating home installation at the time of purchase. The recharge stations are typically used overnight and cost a few thousand dollars. This can be a big obstacle for consumers and the Assembly unanimously passed the bill August 31, 69-0, following a 37-0 Senate vote.
AB 2853. AB 2853 would require the development of a plan to equip state owned parking and park and ride lots with electric charges and alternative fuel infrastructure. This effectively removes many legal barriers and also requires the development of additional policies, such as preferential spaces and discounted parking prices for alternative energy vehicles at state owned spots. It has passed the Legislature earlier this week with a 53-26 Assembly vote, following a 23-13 Senate vote.