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AB-40 Air Quality Improvement Program: Clean Vehicle Rebate Project.(2019-2020)



SECTION 1.
 The Legislature finds and declares all of the following:
(a) In response to the attempt by the current federal administration to roll back vehicular emissions standards, on July 25, 2019, Governor Gavin Newsom and the State Air Resources Board announced a framework with several automakers that would ensure a reduction in vehicular emissions that can serve as an alternative path for clean vehicle standards nationwide. The State Air Resources Board announced that other automakers remained free to join the framework at that time.
(b) The framework is a pragmatic approach that provides automakers additional flexibility to meet the current vehicular emissions standards while supporting an accelerated transition to zero-emission vehicles.
(c) California, in order to advance air quality and climate change goals, administers incentive programs to support the widespread commercialization of zero-emission vehicles, including the Clean Vehicle Rebate Project, established as part of the Air Quality Improvement Program (Article 3 (commencing with Section 44274) of Chapter 8.9 of Part 5 of Division 26 of the Health and Safety Code).
(d) California should not incentivize the purchase of vehicles manufactured by companies that are not helping to achieve the state’s public health and climate goals by refusing to join the state’s framework.

SEC. 2.

 Section 44274.8 is added to the Health and Safety Code, to read:

44274.8.
 (a) It is the policy of the state to place at least 5,000,000 zero-emission vehicles on state roads by 2030 and 10,000,000 zero-emission vehicles on state roads by 2035.
(b) The state board shall do all of the following:
(1) (A) Limit vehicle eligibility for the Clean Vehicle Rebate Project established as part of the Air Quality Improvement Program to only those vehicles manufactured by companies that have entered into an agreement that has been adopted by the state board to maintain and increase reductions in greenhouse gas emissions from those vehicles.
(B) The state board shall post on its internet website the adopted agreement described in subparagraph (A).
(2) Remove plug-in hybrid electric vehicles from vehicle eligibility in the Clean Vehicle Rebate Project established as part of the Air Quality Improvement Program.
(3) Continue to maintain a waiting list for purchasers when moneys for the Clean Vehicle Rebate Project established as part of the Air Quality Improvement Program are exhausted in order for purchasers to receive a rebate if additional moneys are appropriated by the Legislature for that purpose.
(4) Create a higher rebate dollar level per vehicle for vehicles with zero emissions and a greater driving range.
(5) Continue to limit each zero-emission vehicle purchaser to two rebates.