ZEV Action Plan History

ZEV Action Plan History

UPDATE: If you are looking for California’s current ZEV actions, please see the new ZEV Market Development Strategy. It builds on the success and lessons of California’s three ZEV Action Plans in 2013, 2016, and 2018. The ZEV Strategy is meant to help California move collectively toward the ambitious statewide targets established by Executive Order N-79-20: 100% of in-state sales of new passenger vehicles and drayage trucks to be zero-emission by 2035, with medium- and heavy-duty vehicles to follow in 2045. It outlines how state agencies and stakeholders ​can move together with the scale and speed required to reach those ZEV targets. The ZEV Market Development Strategy, as with the preceding Action Plans, reflects input from a broad range of stakeholders and strives to increase transparency and accountability. 

In 2013, the first ZEV Action Plan was released, a roadmap designed to support the Governor’s goal of 1.5 million ZEVs on the road by 2025 (Executive Order B-16-2012). It laid out progress to-date, challenges, and four high-level goals with a series of actions for state agencies to take that could accelerate ZEV adoption.

The 2016 ZEV Action Plan was released just three years later because the ZEV market had evolved significantly and state agencies had completed many of the actions in the 2013 Plan. It was time for a new, updated version to reflect market growth and emerging needs and opportunities. The plan detailed more than 200 actions across six key target areas and incorporated the medium- and heavy-duty sectors.

The 2018 ZEV Action Plan Priorities Update was prompted by Executive Order B-48-18 which reaffirmed California’s commitment to ZEVs. The executive order sought an update of the 2016 Zero-Emission Vehicle Action Plan to help expand private investment in ZEV infrastructure, particularly in low income and disadvantaged communities, while also setting infrastructure targets for vehicle charging stations and hydrogen fueling stations, and setting the goal of 5 million ZEVs on our roads by 2030.

At the 33rd Electric Vehicle Symposium, CARB shared California’s Zero Emission Vehicle Action Plan. This report summarizes the State’s effective leadership, interagency coordination, and stakeholder engagement in the development of its ZEV Action Plans. It also describes some ZEV Action Plan implementation successes and challenges, lessons learned that can inform other jurisdictions and suggests future directions for ZEV Action Plans.