California, the most populous US state and the world’s eighth-biggest economy, aims to lead in the race to stop global warming: its Governor, Jerry Brown, wants 1.5 million zero-emission cars to reach the roads over the next decade.
Brown has moved to sign no less than 11 bills that relate to global warming, among them adding 15,000 permits for cleaner vehicles to use car-pool lanes or securing new financial aids for low-income residents that want to purchase a clean car.
“He has taken this very much to heart,” says Brian Wynne, the president of the Electric Drive Transportation Association, a Washington-based industry group. “He’s doing what he sees as the right thing for his constituents and also being a leader nationwide.”
“California is the No. 1 buyer of Tesla and every other electric car,” comments Brown. Zero-emission car incentives “are cranked into the whole panoply of incentives that we give for climate-change policies.”
According to the state’s Department of Motor Vehicles, between 2009 and 2013 the number of hybrid vehicles jumped 110% – from 337,881 to 709,766 units. The DMV added that at the end of August in the state there were 60,988 electric autos. The state offers up to $5,000 in rebates for buyers of new zero-emission and plug-in hybrid light-duty models.