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SB-500 Autonomous vehicles: zero emissions. (2021-2022)

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Date Published: 02/17/2021 09:00 PM
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CALIFORNIA LEGISLATURE— 2021–2022 REGULAR SESSION

Senate Bill
No. 500


Introduced by Senator Min

February 17, 2021


An act to add Section 38751 to the Vehicle Code, relating to vehicles.


LEGISLATIVE COUNSEL'S DIGEST


SB 500, as introduced, Min. Autonomous vehicles: zero emissions.
Existing law establishes regulations for the operation of an autonomous vehicle on public roads for testing purposes by a driver who possesses the proper class of license for the type of vehicle being operated if the manufacturer meets prescribed requirements.
Existing law provides for various programs to promote the use of zero-emission vehicles, including the Clean Vehicle Rebate Project, which was established by the State Air Resources Board as a part of the Air Quality Improvement Program, to promote the use of zero-emission vehicles by providing rebates for the purchase of new zero-emission vehicles, and the Charge Ahead California Initiative, which establishes various goals, including the goal of placing in service at least 1,000,000 zero-emission and near-zero-emission vehicles by January 1, 2023.
This bill would, beginning January 1, 2025, require an autonomous vehicle operating on a public road to be a zero-emission vehicle. The bill would define “zero-emission vehicle” to mean a vehicle that produces no emissions of criteria pollutants, toxic air contaminants, and greenhouse gases when stationary or operating, as determined by the State Air Resources Board.
Vote: MAJORITY   Appropriation: NO   Fiscal Committee: NO   Local Program: NO  

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


SECTION 1.

 Section 38751 is added to the Vehicle Code, to read:

38751.
 (a) Beginning January 1, 2025, an autonomous vehicle operating on a public road shall be a zero-emission vehicle.
(b) For purposes of this section, “zero-emission vehicle” means a vehicle that produces no emissions of criteria pollutants, toxic air contaminants, and greenhouse gases when stationary or operating, as determined by the State Air Resources Board.
(c) Section 40000.1 does not apply to a violation of this section.