Zero-Emission Vehicles

Zero-emission vehicles (ZEVs) promise to transform California by offering residents and visitors new transportation choices. Across the state, ZEVs are improving air quality by reducing local pollution and greenhouse gas emissions while saving consumers money and helping new companies grow and create jobs. California cities and towns are already home to tens of thousands of plug-in electric vehicles (PEVs), and as of 2013 the state represents 30 to 40 percent of the national PEV market.

Accelerating the market for ZEVs, which include both PEVs and fuel cell electric vehicles, is a cornerstone of California’s long-term transportation strategy. Recognizing the great benefits of ZEVs, as well as the challenges to expanding the ZEV market, Governor Edmund G. Brown issued an Executive Order in March 2012 to “encourage the development and success of zero-emission vehicles.” The Governor’s Executive Order directs state government to meet a series of milestones toward a long-term target of 1.5 million ZEVs on California’s roadways by 2025.

The Governor’s Office of Planning and Research, in cooperation with stakeholders across California, has created several resources to help achieve the goals in this Executive Order.

Zero-Emission Vehicles in California: Community Readiness Guidebook

Numerous state agencies and ZEV experts have collaborated to prepare the Community Readiness Guidebook, which provides helpful information to local and regional governments, community leaders and residents. Its purpose is to help communities across the state support their residents and businesses in making the switch to ZEVs.

The Guidebook highlights many aspects of ZEV readiness, including necessary infrastructure, planning and zoning, permitting guidelines, greening local fleets and encouraging consumers through incentives and outreach. It also includes a number of tools and templates, which are provided below in Microsoft Word format for your convenience. If you would like to view this document in a screen reader accessible version, please email for more information. It is intended to serve as a living document, so please check back for future updates.

ZEV Action Plan: a roadmap toward 1.5 million vehicles on California roadways by 2025

The ZEV Action Plan identifies specific strategies and actions that state agencies will take to meet the milestones of the Governor’s ZEV Executive Order. The actions outlined by the plan are grouped under four broad goals that state government is currently taking or plans to take to help expand the ZEV market. These goals are:

  • Complete needed infrastructure and planning
  • Expand consumer awareness and demand
  • Transform fleets
  • Grow jobs and investments in the private sector

The action plan is intended to serve as a “roadmap” that clearly communicates state government’s efforts to advance ZEVs. It is also intended to serve as a “to-do” list for the Governor’s Office and state agencies that enhances coordination on state actions moving forward.

The action plan is the product of an interagency working group led by the Governor’s Office that includes several state agencies and associated entities, and builds upon significant work already undertaken by these agencies. The action plan also benefits from extensive input from outside stakeholders, including the California Plug-in Electric Vehicle Collaborative and the California Fuel Cell Partnership.