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SB-498 Vehicle fleets: zero-emission vehicles.(2017-2018)

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Date Published: 03/28/2017 09:00 PM
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Amended  IN  Senate  March 28, 2017

CALIFORNIA LEGISLATURE— 2017–2018 REGULAR SESSION

Senate Bill No. 498


Introduced by Senator Skinner

February 16, 2017


An act to add Section 43018.8 to the Health and Safety Code, and to add Section 25724 to the Public Resources Code, relating to vehicular air pollution.


LEGISLATIVE COUNSEL'S DIGEST


SB 498, as amended, Skinner. Vehicle fleets: electric zero-emission vehicles.

Existing

(1) Existing law generally designates the State Air Resources Board as the state agency with the primary responsibility for the control of vehicular air pollution. The Charge Ahead California Initiative, administered by the state board, includes goals of, among other things, placing in service at least 1,000,000 zero-emission and near-zero-emission vehicles by January 1, 2023, and increasing access for disadvantaged, low-income, and moderate-income communities and consumers to zero-emission and near-zero-emission vehicles.
Existing law establishes the Air Quality Improvement Program that is administered by the State Air Resources Board for the purposes of funding projects related to, among other things, reduction of criteria air pollutants and improvement of air quality. Pursuant to the Air Quality Improvement Program, the state board has established the Clean Vehicle Rebate Project to promote the production and use of zero-emission vehicles and the Hybrid and Zero-Emission Truck and Bus Voucher Incentive Project to provide vouchers to help California fleets purchase hybrid and zero-emission trucks and buses.
This bill would require the state board, for the purposes of public and private sector vehicle fleets, to develop electric zero-emission vehicle adoption targets for 2021 and subsequent years, as specified, and make available to the owners of vehicle fleets research and support in order to facilitate the adoption of electric zero-emission vehicles, as specified.
(2) Existing law requires the Secretary of Government Operations, in consultation with the Department of General Services and other specified state agencies, to develop, implement, and submit to the Legislature and the Governor a plan to improve the overall state vehicle fleet’s use of alternative fuels, synthetic lubricants, and fuel-efficient vehicles by reducing or displacing the consumption of petroleum products by the state fleet when compared to the 2003 consumption level, based on a specified schedule.
This bill would require the Department of General Services, beginning no later than the 2024–25 fiscal year, to ensure at least 50% of the passenger vehicles and light-duty vehicles purchased for the state vehicle fleet each fiscal year are zero-emission vehicles.
Vote: MAJORITY   Appropriation: NO   Fiscal Committee: YES   Local Program: NO  

The people of the State of California do enact as follows:


SECTION 1.

 The Legislature finds and declares all of the following:
(a) Fleets represent a large number of motor vehicles owned and operated in the state.
(b) Fleet vehicles are replaced more frequently than single-owner passenger vehicles.
(c) Owners of fleet vehicles are more likely to have access to centralized electric vehicle charging infrastructure.

SEC. 2.

 Section 43018.8 is added to the Health and Safety Code, to read:

43018.8.
 (a) For the purposes of vehicle fleets, the state board shall do both of the following:

(1)Develop electric vehicle adoption targets for 2021.

(1) (A) Develop, in consultation with stakeholders, zero-emission vehicle adoption targets for 2021 and subsequent years.
(B) The state board shall approve the targets developed pursuant to this paragraph in their final form no later than January 1, 2020, at a public hearing held not less than 30 days after a public hearing where the state board considers public comments on the targets.
(2) Make available to the owners of vehicle fleets research and support in order to facilitate the adoption of electric zero-emission vehicles. This may include, but need not be limited to, offering coordination among various state, local, and federal government incentive programs.
(b) This section shall apply to public sector and private sector motor vehicle fleets, including, but not limited to, schoolbuses, transit motor vehicles, and delivery motor vehicles.

SEC. 3.

 Section 25724 is added to the Public Resources Code, to read:

25724.
 (a) Beginning no later than the 2024–25 fiscal year, the Department of General Services shall ensure that at least 50 percent of the passenger vehicles and light-duty vehicles purchased for the state vehicle fleet each fiscal year are zero-emission vehicles.
(b) This section shall not apply to vehicles that have special performance requirements necessary for the protection of public safety, as defined by the Department of General Services, including, but not limited to, vehicles that meet the criteria established in Section 4121.4 of the State Administrative Manual.