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During the maiden voyage of the San Francisco Bay Area’s first plug-in hybrid electric ferry, Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. signed a comprehensive package of bills aimed at dramatically reducing carbon emissions.

Emissions will be reduced by boosting the number of zero-emission vehicles and charging stations in California and getting dirty cars and trucks off the road.

“Whether we travel by car, bus, or boat the need to move to zero-emission transportation is urgent. These bills will help get more clean cars on the road and reduce harmful emissions,” said Governor Brown.

The signing – which took place aboard the Enhydra, a new hybrid electric ferry from the Red and White Fleet based in the San Francisco Bay, included 8 bills that aim to reduce carbon emissions from the transportation sector, which currently accounts for approximately 50%of the state’s greenhouse gas emissions and about 80% of smog-forming pollutants.

The bills signed by the Governor today include:

• AB 193 (Cervantes) creates the Zero-Emission Assurance Project, which will provide a rebate for the purchase of a replacement battery or fuel cell component for a used zero-emission vehicle (ZEV) for qualified consumers.

• AB 2006 (Eggman) makes permanent an existing agricultural worker vanpool program, which will result in zero-emission and hybrid vans taking passenger vehicles off the road in communities most impacted by California’s poor air quality.

• AB 2127 (Ting) supports the state’s goal of achieving 5 million ZEVs on the road by 2030 by affirming the California Energy Commission’s authority to assess the need for charging infrastructure to support adoption of zero-emission vehicles, including freight and off road vehicles.

• AB 2885 (Rodriguez) continues the legislative priority of ensuring that California’s incentive programs serve all communities, by extending the requirement that the California Air Resources Board (CARB) conduct outreach to low-income households and communities as part of the Clean Vehicle Rebate Project. SB 957 (Lara) facilitates further growth of the used zero-emission vehicle market by opening carpool lanes to low-income drivers of used clean air vehicles.

• SB 1000 (Lara) requires the state to assess whether vehicle-charging infrastructure is sufficient to encourage the purchase of electric vehicles, and ensures that both plug-in electric vehicles and zero-emission vehicles have equal access to charging infrastructure. SB 1014 (Skinner) directs the state to develop emissions reduction targets for ride-hailing services, which represent a growing element of California’s transportation sector.

• SB 1403 (Lara) ensures that the state’s incentive dollars are invested strategically and are incentivizing the adoption of zero and near-zero emission heavy-duty vehicles and equipment, including school buses.

These actions build on the state’s past efforts to boost zero-emission vehicles in California, including Governor Brown’s executive order earlier this year to get 5 million zero-emission vehicles onto California’s roads by 2030 and the state’s Zero-Emission Vehicle Action Plan.

For a full text of the bills signed, click here.