Governor Brown Signs Legislation to Increase Zero-Emission Vehicle Sales, Improve Air Quality


SACRAMENTO – Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. today signed legislation to strengthen California’s zero and near-zero emission vehicle markets and accelerate the state’s transition away from fossil-fuel-powered engines.

The Governor signed the following bills today:

SB 498 by Senator Nancy Skinner (D-Berkeley) – Requires at least 50 percent of the state’s light-duty vehicle fleet to be zero-emission vehicles by 2025, up from the current goal of 25 percent by 2020.

AB 188 by Assemblymember Rudy Salas Jr. (D-Bakersfield) – Strengthens California’s program to remove the most polluting vehicles from the road by allowing certain light-duty trucks to qualify as a replacement vehicle so long as the truck meets higher vehicle efficiency standards.

AB 544 by Assemblymember Richard H. Bloom (D-Santa Monica) – Extends California’s program to allow certain clean alternative fuel vehicles to use high-occupancy vehicle (carpool) lanes.

AB 615 by Assemblymember Jim Cooper (D-Elk Grove) – Extends the income caps for the Clean Vehicle Rebate Project to continue providing air quality and greenhouse gas emissions reduction benefits through programs that encourage the purchase of zero-emissions vehicles.

AB 630 by Assemblymember Jim Cooper (D-Elk Grove) – Codifies a clean-car program that benefits low-income residents by helping them replace high-polluting vehicles with cleaner and more efficient vehicles.

AB 739 by Assemblymember Ed Chau (D-Monterey Park) – Requires at least 15 percent of specified heavy-duty vehicles newly purchased by state agencies to be zero-emission beginning in 2025, and at least 30 percent of those vehicles to be ZEV beginning in 2030.

AB 1073 by Assemblymember Eduardo Garcia (D-Coachella) – Extends the requirement for funding of early deployment of clean heavy-duty trucks as part of California’s Clean Truck, Bus and Off-Road Vehicle program.

AB 1082 and AB 1083 by Assemblymember Autumn R. Burke (D-Inglewood) – Authorize pilot programs to allow for new electric vehicle charging stations at state parks and beaches. A signing message for the bills can be found here.

AB 1274 by Assemblymember Patrick O’Donnell (D-Long Beach) – Temporarily expands the smog check exemption to vehicles eight model years old or newer while increasing the smog abatement fee to strengthen air quality programs.

AB 1317 by Assemblymember Adam Gray (D-Merced) – Adds stationary irrigation or water conveyance engines to the list of equipment eligible for air quality incentives.

AB 1452 by Assemblymember Al Muratsuchi (D-Torrance) – Authorizes local jurisdictions to dedicate on-street parking spaces on public streets for the exclusive purpose of charging a parked electric vehicle, provided appropriate signage is installed.

For full text of the bills, visit: