Achieving 100% Zero-Emission Vehicles — New CLEE Report Release Today

Report findings to be discussed at Global Climate Action Summit affiliate event in San Francisco today

Some countries and states, including California, are contemplating or making plans for phase-outs or bans on the sale of new internal combustion engine passenger vehicles by a date certain. Berkeley Law’s Center for Law, Energy and the Environment (CLEE) is today releasing the report 100% Zero to offer policy pathways to make such a scenario affordable and achievable.

A phase-out on gasoline-powered vehicles will be critical to achieving long-term climate goals and improving public health. To that end, California Governor Jerry Brown set a goal of reaching five million zero emission vehicles (ZEVs) on the state’s roadways by 2030, including 250,000 public chargers by 2025. As of mid-2018, Californians were driving over 400,000 electric vehicles.

100% Zero identifies key challenges and solutions to achieving 100 percent zero-emission vehicle sales, based on a convening of expert stakeholders. Top barriers include:

  • Weak business model for automakers and dealers to produce and sell ZEV models that are competitive on price, range, and performance
  • Lack of public charging infrastructure to meet current and projected demand
  • Lack of public awareness of ZEVs to inform purchasing decisions
  • Insufficient, ineffective and uncertain public incentives

To overcome these challenges, policy makers should consider:

  • A state charging infrastructure funding package to deploy the needed infrastructure through 2025, with required grid upgrades and workforce training
  • New electricity rates, such as reformed demand charges, for site hosts to minimize fuel and operations costs, particularly for high-speed chargers
  • Improved and expanded long-term federal and state incentives for ZEV purchases and infrastructure, with a guaranteed phase-down over time

These and other solutions are discussed in more detail in the report. CLEE will also be presenting these findings at a Global Climate Action Summit affiliate event from 1-3pm today at the San Francisco Law Library. Hard copies of the report will be available.