Existing law requires the California Energy Commission (CEC) to undertake various actions in furtherance of meeting the state’s clean energy and pollution reduction objectives, including actions related to electric vehicles (EVs). Existing law requires the CEC, working with the State Air Resources Board (ARB) and the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC), to prepare a statewide assessment of the EV charging infrastructure needed to support the levels of EV adoption required for the state to meet its goals of putting at least 5,000,000 zero-emission vehicles (ZEVs) on California roads by 2030, and of reducing emissions of greenhouse gases (GHGs) to 40% below 1990 levels by 2030. Executive Order No. N-79-20 establishes a goal that 100% of in-state sales of new passenger cars and trucks be zero-emission by 2035.
This bill would require the CEC, in consultation with the ARB and CPUC, to conduct an assessment of the electric and hydrogen infrastructure needed to meet the deadlines in Executive Order No. N-79-20 for the transition of medium- and heavy-duty vehicles to ZEVs. The bill would require the CEC, on or before December 31, 2024, to post the assessment on its website and submit the assessment to the Legislature. The bill would require the ARB to incorporate the findings of the assessment into a strategic plan to meet the deadlines in Executive Order No. N-79-20 for the transition of medium- and heavy-duty fleets to ZEVs. The bill would require the ARB to post the strategic plan on its website and submit the plan to the Legislature on or before December 31, 2025.