Existing law generally designates the State Air Resources Board (ARB) as the state agency with the primary responsibility for the control of vehicular air pollution. Existing law establishes various incentive programs that are administered or funded by the state board to provide financial assistance for the purchase of zero-emission vehicles (ZEVs) by individuals, including, among others, the Clean Cars 4 All Program.
This bill would require the ARB, upon appropriation by the Legislature, to ensure that beginning January 1, 2025, an additional incentive, to be known as a “superuser incentive,” is awarded under a ZEV incentive program that is administered or funded by the ARB to a gasoline superuser, as defined, who otherwise qualifies for an incentive under the ZEV incentive program. The bill would require the ARB to set the amount of the superuser incentive at a level that maximizes the displacement of gasoline and the reduction of emissions of criteria pollutants and greenhouse gases per dollar spent. The bill would require specified information to be provided by an applicant for the additional incentive under penalty of perjury. By expanding the crime of perjury, the bill would impose a state-mandated local program.
The bill would require the ARB, on or before January 1, 2025, to develop and implement a strategy to, among other things, identify the drivers who are gasoline superusers and are low or moderate income and expedite the replacement of the vehicles of those drivers, as specified. The bill would require the ARB to submit a report to the Legislature on or before January 1, 2025, and every 2 years thereafter, regarding the ZEV incentive programs administered or funded by the ARB.
Committee Location: Held in the Assembly Appropriations Committee May 18, 2023.