California Legislature Passes Historic Clean Transportation
Increases Chances State Will Meet Air Quality and Climate Targets
Assembly Bill 8, co-authored by Assemblymember Henry Perea and Senator Fran Pavley, now with Governor Brown; Measure would extend California’s clean transportation incentive programs through 2023, help California meet clean air goals, and create tens of thousands of new jobs
(Pasadena, CA) – On a bipartisan vote, the California State Senate and Assembly yesterday approved a measure that would continue the state's clean vehicle and fuel incentives through 2023. Assembly Bill 8, authored by Assemblymember Henry T. Perea, with Senator Fran Pavley as Principal co-author, would provide more than $2 billion in funding to help fleets and consumers purchase clean and low carbon cars, trucks, buses, and construction equipment. It is now with Governor Jerry Brown for his signature.
"This legislation authored by Assemblyman Perea and Senator Pavley is historic. It represents an unprecedented commitment by the state to help fleets and consumers transition to cleaner and lower carbon fuels and vehicles. If signed by the Governor, this legislation will create tens of thousands of jobs in California's clean transportation tech industry and set us on a course to meet our clean air and climate goals," said CALSTART President and CEO John Boesel.
The programs that would be extended include the AB 118 clean fuel and vehicle programs and the Carl Moyer and AB 923 local air district funds for diesel emission reduction. By extending the programs through 2023, AB 8 would provide more than $2 billion in clean air and transportation funding in California. The bills also dedicate funding, in lieu of regulatory action, to construct the minimum fueling infrastructure necessary to support the impending introduction of hydrogen fuel cell vehicles.
The Senate voted to pass AB 8 on a bipartisan 29-6 vote. The bill went back to the Assembly for concurrence, where it garnered the required a 2/3 majority. AB 8 is now on the Governor’s desk awaiting his signature.
In addition to CALSTART, the other two co-sponsors of the Perea-Pavley bill are the California Air Pollution Control Officers Association (CAPCOA) and the American Lung Association in California.
Read the AB 8 / SB 11 Fact Sheet.
Diverse support for measure
Read this Op/Ed by the Coalition for Clean Air and California Trucking Association, An Odd Couple in the Fight for Clean Air
Read this Op/Ed by Transpower President and CALSTART member, Mike Simon, State investments in clean tech a win-win
CALSTART is actively working on several other important efforts to support the clean transportation technologies industry in California. We are primary supporters of the bills listed below and encourage interested companies to join us. Please contact CALSTART Policy Director Jamie Hall with questions or offers of support. 626-744-5606 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Carpool Lane Access – SB 286
(Yee) and AB 266
(Blumenfield) would extend current state policy allowing single occupants in clean, advanced technology “white sticker” and “green sticker” vehicles to use High Occupancy Vehicle (HOV) and High Occupancy Toll (HOT) lanes. HOV/HOT lane access is an important incentive to drive the purchase and lease of clean vehicles, but the incentive is set to expire in 2015. Clean Vehicle Incentive Funding – SB 359
(Corbett) would provide critically needed funding for California’s two successful clean vehicle purchase incentive programs: the Hybrid and Zero Emission Truck and Bus Voucher Incentive Project (HVIP) and the Clean Vehicle Rebate Project (CVRP). These programs provide rebates and vouchers for plug-in cars and hybrid and electric trucks and buses. Both are facing severe funding shortfalls, and SB 359 would ensure that they have sufficient funding to remain operational throughout the year. All of these bills are currently awaiting action by the Governor. If you support these measures, please write to the Governor requesting his signature. Contact CALSTART Policy Director Jamie Hall (626-744-5606 or email@example.com) for more information or for help submitting your letter.