SACRAMENTO (AP) — Gov. Jerry Brown is proposing a $2.5 billion plan to help put 5 million zero-emission vehicles on the road by 2030 and significantly expand the network of electric-vehicle charging stations.

His executive order Friday is a significant expansion of Brown’s already ambitious goal of selling 1.5 million zero-emission vehicles by 2025.

California currently has just 350,000 such cars on the road, including electric and hydrogen fuel cell vehicles.

Brown’s plan would expand subsidies to help people buy emission-free vehicles and spur building of 250,000 electric-vehicle charging stations and 200 hydrogen fueling stations.

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The $2.5 billion in spending needs legislative approval.

California has set an ambitious target of reducing greenhouse gas emissions to their 1990 levels in the next three years, and another 40 percent over the following decade.

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Comments (2)
  1. Most electricity in CA is generated from coal, so these cars are powered by coal – hardly “zero emissions” Also, solar panel production process is extremely toxic. Oil is and natural gas are the cleanest sources of energy. Nuke power (done right) as well.

  2. I am not a scientist, so can somebody please explain how flooding the roadways with electric cars is actually going to help the environment and make our air cleaner? I read a report a while back that said a percentage of our air pollution is coming from overseas. No matter what California does that will not change and is likely to get even worse. And the electricity has to be generated to power all those cars and electricity production far from emission free. Has everybody forgotten the rolling blackouts just a few years ago? Our electrical production and transmission grid are already struggling to keep up with demand with the ever increasing population and millions of electric cars will only put further strain on that system. Electricity generation would have to double to keep up. What we really need is inexpensive and reliable regional alternatives to public transportation that will reduce the number of vehicles on the road. BART is just too darn expensive and not available in many communities where people commute from and the bullet train is not only years away from being a viable alternative it will only serve a limited number of communities, many of which are not along it’s planned route. We need something that is affordable and reliable to connect Central Valley commuters to their Bay Area jobs. THAT might get thousands of cars off the road and cut emissions. Electric and hydrogen cars are too expensive for many people, have higher maintenance costs down the line, and disposal of fuel cells down the line will just add a different environmental problem.

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