California accounts for about 12% of the United States’ 250 million vehicles on the road, and a whopping 40% of the country’s plug-in vehicles. The state’s 2012 ZEV Action Plan has been designed to increase plug-in use within the state, with a goal of getting 1.5 million California drivers to make the switch to a zero-emission vehicle by 2025.
Some of the ideas for making this happen include subsidizing utility price discounts for plug-in vehicle charging, creating an infrastructure that would appropriately support this number of vehicles by 2020, and working with insurance companies to develop affordable plans and premiums for ZEV drivers. One of the most notable goals is to have 25% of light-duty state government vehicles replaced by ZEVs by 2020.
California has always been at the forefront of vehicle emission cuts in the United States. In January 2012, the California Air Resources Board proposed a requirement that 15.4% of new vehicles sold in the state must be hybrid or plug-in by 2025.
Do you think this is an attainable goal? I think ZEVs will have to become WAY more efficient and convenient before a large number of people even begin to consider a switch.
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