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AB-40 Zero-emission vehicles: comprehensive strategy.(2019-2020)

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Date Published: 12/03/2018 09:00 PM


Assembly Bill
No. 40

Introduced by Assembly Members Ting and Kalra
(Coauthors: Assembly Members Berman, Friedman, McCarty, and Mark Stone)

December 03, 2018

An act to add Section 43018.6 to the Health and Safety Code, relating to vehicular air pollution.


AB 40, as introduced, Ting. Zero-emission vehicles: comprehensive strategy.
Existing law imposes various limitations on emissions of air contaminants for the control of air pollution from vehicular and nonvehicular sources. Existing law generally designates the State Air Resources Board as the state agency with the primary responsibility for the control of vehicular air pollution. Existing law required the state board to develop and adopt regulations that achieve the maximum feasible reduction of greenhouse gases emitted by passenger vehicles, light-duty trucks, and any other vehicles determined by the state board to be vehicles whose primary use is noncommercial personal transportation in the state.
This bill, no later than January 1, 2021, would require the state board to develop a comprehensive strategy to ensure that the sales of new motor vehicles and new light-duty trucks in the state have transitioned fully to zero-emission vehicles, as defined, by 2040, as specified.
Vote: MAJORITY   Appropriation: NO   Fiscal Committee: YES   Local Program: NO  

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


 The Legislature finds and declares all of the following:
(a) The largest source of the state’s greenhouse gas emissions come from the transportation sector, primarily from passenger vehicles, accounting for nearly 40 percent of emissions.
(b) Over one-half of criteria air pollution, which causes smog and direct health impacts, comes from transportation.
(c) People who live near freeways and busy roadways are at high risk for exposure to health-threatening air pollutants from passenger vehicles traveling those corridors.
(d) Since the 1990s, air pollution experts have identified moving to zero-emission vehicles as a key to delivering clean air to residents.
(e) The state can effectively reduce both health-threatening criteria air pollution and climate pollution by adopting zero-emission vehicles statewide.
(f) Climate change is a matter of increasing concern for public health and the environment in the state.
(g) The control and reduction of greenhouse gas emissions are critical to slow the effects of climate change, such as sea-level rise, extreme weather events, or food insecurity.
(h) Technological solutions to reduce greenhouse gas emissions will stimulate the state’s economy and provide good clean energy job opportunities.

SEC. 2.

 Section 43018.6 is added to the Health and Safety Code, to read:

 (a) For purposes of this section, “zero-emission vehicles” means a vehicle that produces zero exhaust emissions of any criteria air pollutant, precursor pollutant, or greenhouse gas, excluding emissions from air conditioning systems, under any possible operating modes or conditions.
(b) No later than January 1, 2021, the state board shall develop a comprehensive strategy to ensure that the sales of new motor vehicles and new light-duty trucks in the state have transitioned fully to zero-emission vehicles by 2040. In developing the strategy, the state board shall do all of the following:
(1) Assess the credit provisions and regulatory structure adjustments needed to meet the future motor vehicle volumes in order to shift the state’s new motor vehicle market to zero-emission vehicles by 2040.
(2) Identify regulation that could improve market acceptance, spur technology advancements, and reduce technology costs.
(3) Identify research needs to address any data gaps.
(4) Identify areas where coordination with other state agencies and districts is needed to implement measures identified as part of the comprehensive strategy.
(c) As part of the comprehensive strategy developed pursuant to subdivision (b), the state board shall consult with experts in academia, industry, and the community on zero-emission vehicles, motor vehicle marketing, and motor vehicle technology adoption. The topics shall include, but not be limited to, all of the following:
(1) Identification of opportunities and challenges for adopting zero-emission vehicles.
(2) Recommendations to increase dealership engagement and improve the retail experience.
(3) Identification of regulatory actions other state agencies might take to encourage greater consumer access to zero-emission vehicles.
(d) To provide a forum for public engagement, the state board shall hold at least one public workshop during the development of the comprehensive strategy required pursuant to subdivision (b).