FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
PLUG IN AMERICA APPLAUDS GOVERNOR’S COMPREHENSIVE 2016 ZEV ACTION PLAN
LOS ANGELES, CA – Plug In America applauds the Governor, his staff and the Interagency working group for leading the way on zero emission vehicles (ZEVs) with the comprehensive, updated 2016 ZEV Action Plan. The plan builds upon the strong foundation for the ZEV market to date and further outlines the steps state agencies will take in order to achieve the Governor’s goal of 1.5 million ZEVs on the road in California by 2025.
As the nation’s leading independent consumer voice for accelerating the use of these clean vehicles to consumers, policymakers and additional stakeholders, Plug In America supports the firm commitment from California to raise consumer awareness and education about these clean vehicles in order to achieve mainstream adoption, particularly through test drives.
“As the plan points out, only 19% of Californians have investigated ZEV ownership, have test driven a ZEV, or actually own a ZEV. To achieve the Governor’s ZEV goals and long-term climate goals, we know the best way to drive adoption is with actual rides in ZEVs. We fully support the public campaign that will enable 20 million test drives of ZEVs by 2025,” comments Joel Levin, Executive Director of Plug In America.
The comprehensive set of actions on charging infrastructure outlined in the plan help to reduce barriers to greater ZEV adoption. “Level 1 charging is already available to nearly all Californians through standard 120 Volt outlets available in all buildings,” comments Levin, “And the ZEV Action Plan will expand upon this access by supporting actions to install Level 2 charging infrastructure at the workplace and in public places. This will reduce any range anxiety that Californians have.”
The plan focuses on ways to make ZEVs an affordable and attractive option for all California drivers by maintaining incentives and making it easier to obtain them. “We especially look forward to working with the Governor’s office, state agencies and the legislature on the Clean Vehicle Rebate Project (CVRP) and exploring all options for a long-term plan that will provide certainty to consumers that the financial incentive will be available when the car is purchased, and on maintaining ZEV access to HOV lanes so that these clean cars are made even more widely available to more drivers,” states Levin.
To access the 2016 ZEV Action Plan: https://www.gov.ca.gov/docs/2016_ZEV_Action_Plan.pdf
For information on Plug In America: www.pluginamerica.org