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Plug-in Electric Vehicle Related Legislation

August 2, 2017


Electrify America makes disadvantaged communities in Sacramento a priority in $44 million investment


Mayor speaks to vision of Sacramento as hub for zero-emission technologies! Today, Sacramento was officially named Electrify America’s inaugural Green City. The investment will bring $44 million to the City of Sacramento which will include Zero Emission Vehicle (ZEV) infrastructure designed to increase access to ZEV technology in metro areas, and in particular, disadvantaged communities.


Click here for Press Release of August 2, 2017

Click here for Meeting Agenda to discuss update on VW Group of America Proposed Green City Program



October 8, 2015


Assembly Bill 1236Statewide EVSE planning & installation standards





AB 1236, Chiu. Local ordinances: electric vehicle charging stations.


The Planning and Zoning Law, among other things, requires the legislative body of each county and city to adopt a general plan for the physical development of the county or city and authorizes the adoption and administration of zoning laws, ordinances, rules, and regulations by counties and cities. Existing law, the Electric Vehicle Charging Stations Open Access Act, prohibits the charging of a subscription fee on persons desiring to use an electric vehicle charging station, as defined, and prohibits a requirement for persons to obtain membership in any club, association, or organization as a condition of using the station, except as specified.


The bill would require a city, county, or city and county to approve an application for the installation of electric vehicle charging stations, as defined, through the issuance of specified permits unless the city or county makes specified written findings based upon substantial evidence in the record that the proposed installation would have a specific, adverse impact upon the public health or safety, and there is no feasible method to satisfactorily mitigate or avoid the specific, adverse impact. The bill would provide for appeal of that decision to the planning commission, as specified. The bill would provide that the implementation of consistent statewide standards to achieve the timely and cost-effective installation of electric vehicle charging stations is a matter of statewide concern. The bill would require electric vehicle charging stations to meet specified standards. The bill would require a city, county, or city and county with a population of 200,000 or more residents to adopt an ordinance, by September 30, 2016, that creates an expedited and streamlined permitting process for electric vehicle charging stations, as specified. The bill would require a city, county, or city and county with a population of less than 200,000 residents to adopt this ordinance by September 30, 2017. The bill would authorize the city, county, or city and county, in developing the ordinance, to refer to guidelines contained in a specified guidebook. The bill would also authorize the adoption of an ordinance that modifies the checklists and standards found in the guidebook due to unique conditions. By increasing the duties of local officials, this bill would create a state-mandated local program.


The California Constitution requires the state to reimburse local agencies and school districts for certain costs mandated by the state. Statutory provisions establish procedures for making that reimbursement. This bill would provide that no reimbursement is required by this act for a specified reason.


Digest Key

Vote: MAJORITY   Appropriation: NO   Fiscal Committee: YES   Local Program: YES



April 29, 2015


CalCap EV Charging Station Financing Program – Lender Webinar



•     The CalCAP Electric Vehicle Charging Station (EVCS) Pilot Financing Program is a Loan Loss Reserve Program with a Borrower Rebate component that supports electric vehicle (EV) infrastructure in California.

•     The California Energy Commission (CEC) has allocated $2 million to this pilot program scheduled to launch in June 2015.

•     The purpose is to provide an overview of the CalCAP EVCS Financing Program and encourage lender participation.



• Welcome and Introductions

• Workshop Purpose• Overview of CalCAP

• Overview of CalCAP EVCS Financing Program

• Program Eligibility

• How to Participate



December 2014


AB 2042 (Levine)Zero-Emission Vehicles: Consumer Option to Purchase

                                        From Committee: Nov 30, 2014


     In order to prevent any inadvertent undermining of the Air Resources Board's Zero Emission Vehicle (ZEV) program objectives, should electric vehicle manufacturers make sure to allow their leased electric vehicles to be purchased by the lessee at the end of the term of the lease, as is the case with other types of vehicles, if that is the lessee's desire?


SB-1275 (De León) - Vehicle retirement and replacement: Charge Ahead California

                                           Initiative, signed Sep. 21, 2014.


     This bill establishes the Charge Ahead California Initiative (Initiative) to provide incentives that increase the availability of zero-emission vehicles (ZEV) and near-zero-emission vehicles (NZEV) vehicles, particularly in disadvantaged and low-and-moderate-income communities.



SB-1309 (Steinburg & Gaines) - Battery manufacturing: electric vehicles and      

                                                                   stationary uses, still in committee.


     Existing law establishes the Air Quality Improvement Program that is administered by the State Air Resources Board for the purposes of funding projects related to, among other things, reduction of criteria air pollutants and improvement of air quality. Pursuant to the Air Quality Improvement Program, the state board has established the Clean Vehicle Rebate Project to promote the production and use of zero-emission vehicles and the Hybrid and Zero-Emission Truck and Bus Voucher Incentive Project to provide vouchers to help California fleets to purchase hybrid and zero-emission trucks and buses.

     This bill would state the intent of the Legislature to enact legislation to expedite groundbreaking and construction in California of a large-scale battery factory to manufacture batteries for both electric-vehicle and stationary uses.

This bill would declare that it is to take effect immediately as an urgency statute.




September 2013


• AB 8: Extends to 2024 programs aimed at reducing auto emissions in California, including the Alternative and Renewable Fuel and Vehicle Technology Program, the Air Quality Improvement Program, the Enhanced Fleet Modernization Program and the Carl Moyer Memorial Air Quality Standards Attainment Program.

Assembly Bill 8, passed on a bipartisan vote, will provide more than $2 billion in funding to help fleets and consumers purchase clean and low carbon cars, trucks, buses, and construction equipment. This bill represents the largest financial commitment by a state to cleaning up its transportation sector.

• AB 266: Extends the white sticker program allowing for certain low-emission vehicles to drive in high-occupancy or “diamond” lanes until 2019 or until federal authorization expires.

• AB 1092: Requires the California Building Standards Commission and the Department of Housing and Community Development to develop standards for electric vehicle charging infrastructure in multi-family housing and non-residential developments.

• SB 286: Extends the green sticker program allowing for certain low-emission vehicles to drive in high-occupancy or “diamond” lanes until 2019 or until federal authorization expires.

• SB 359: Provides $30 million to fund the Clean Vehicle Rebate Project and the Hybrid and Zero-Emission Truck and Bus Voucher Incentive Project; $10 million to fund the Heavy-Duty Vehicle Air Quality Loan Program; and appropriates $8 million for the enhanced fleet modernization program.

• SB 454: Creates the Electric Vehicle Charging Stations Open Access Act, which removes obstacles to using electric vehicles by making electric vehicle charging stations accessible to all electric vehicle drivers, easier to locate and more convenient to use.






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