California bills aim to put more zero-emission cars on roads
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) —
Gov. Jerry Brown has signed a handful of bills aimed at helping California put more zero-emission vehicles on its roadways.
The bills require the state to purchase more zero- and low-emission vehicles, extend the clean vehicle rebate program for low-income Californians and create a pilot program for electric vehicle charging stations at state parks and beaches, among other things.
California is working to put 1.5 million zero-emission vehicles on its roads by 2025, under an executive order Brown signed in 2012.
It's one piece of the state's quest to achieve its ambitious greenhouse-gas reduction goals. Data from the state Air Resources Board shows the transportation sector accounts for the biggest share of California's greenhouse gas emissions. It made up roughly 40 percent in 2015.
This story has been corrected to show one of the bills signed by Brown extends, but does not increase, the income caps for a clean vehicle rebate program.