CHARGING AHEAD: California Achieves Yet Another EV Goal Ahead of Schedule As More Dollars Go to Communities to Support Transition
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NEW YORK ~ Today, California achieved its goal to install 10,000 fast chargers for electric vehicles more than a year ahead of schedule. This milestone comes during Climate Week and just a week after the state announced new efforts to quickly deploy EV chargers in communities most harmed by pollution and the Legislature approved nearly $2 billion for EV charging infrastructure.

Governor Gavin Newsom said, "California doesn't just set big goals – we achieve them. Yet again, we're showing the world what real climate action looks like. We're deploying EV chargers to communities most hurt by pollution and fast chargers along some of our most traveled highways. This is the future of transportation – and it's happening right now all across California."

The number of fast chargers installed has nearly quadrupled from 2,657 to more than 10,000 today – for a total of more than 93,000 public and private shared chargers in California. Fast chargers can recharge an all-battery electric vehicle to 80 percent capacity in about 30 minutes, depending on the size of the vehicle battery and the power level of the charger. The network allows EV drivers to travel across the state with public fast chargers conveniently located along interstates and highways.

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The milestone comes as one in every four new cars sold last quarter in California was zero-emission. Earlier this year, the state surpassed its goal of selling 1.5 million ZEVs – also ahead of schedule. Last week, California opened applications for $38 million in equity-focused incentives to fund publicly accessible EV charging stations in low-income and disadvantaged communities in 28 counties across California. Additionally, the Legislature passed a bill that would continue funding for another decade for three of the state's leading clean vehicle and infrastructure programs that date back to 2007; providing close to $2 billion for all ZEV and supporting infrastructure through 2035.

California is already home to 56 ZEV and ZEV-related manufacturers and leads the nation in ZEV manufacturing jobs; earlier this year, the California Energy Commission awarded nearly $200 million to support in-state manufacturing of ZEVs, ZEV components and batteries, as well as ZEV charging or refueling equipment with additional funding available early next year.

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Since Governor Newsom's executive order calling for a rule requiring all new car sales be zero-emission by 2035, ZEV sales have risen dramatically; 25% of all new cars sold last quarter were ZEVs according to CEC data with 125,939 sales reported during Q2 2023 alone - 34% of new US sales are sold in California - if it were a country it would rank 4th behind China, US & Germany - thousands of dollars are available through grants & rebates for low income Californians & over $10 billion is being invested through The historic $52+ billion California Climate Commitment towards zero emission cars & infrastructure

California's commitment towards zero emission vehicles is clear & with today's announcement they have proven their ability to meet their goals ahead of schedule while providing incentives & resources towards those most affected by pollution & climate change alike - setting an example for other states & countries around the world on how real climate action looks like!

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