California governor Jerry Brown has called for 1.5 million electric vehicles on the state’s roadways by 2025, but there are only 300,000 of them in the state at this moment. Last year, zero-emissions cars accounted for only 2% of the 2 million new vehicles sold in the state.
The market for electric vehicles is “coming along,” says Steve Chadima, senior vice president at Advanced Energy Economy, a clean energy business association that is co-sponsoring the bill. “It’s just not coming along quickly enough.”
California Assemblyman Phil Ting of San Francisco has introduced legislation that would add $3 billion to the state’s zero-emissions incentive program over the next 12 years. “We’ve been able to dispel the notion that you can’t clean the environment and grow the economy,” Ting says. “The next wave is electric vehicles.”