California ZEV Planning Collaboration Efforts

This page last updated October 22, 2018

To date, California’s zero-emission vehicle (ZEV) Program, including the ZEV Regulation and complimentary state policies and incentives, has resulted in the placement of several hundred thousand ZEVs and plug-in hybrid electric vehicles (PHEV) on California roads and a growing network of EV charging and hydrogen fueling stations.  The ZEV Program has also influenced ZEV policy around the world.  However, if California is to achieve its long term air quality (criteria pollutant) and climate change (greenhouse gas emissions) goals, ZEVs and PHEVs will have to represent nearly 100 percent of new vehicle sales in California by 2050.  To achieve these goals, California’s leadership is collaborating with state, national and international partners to address challenges to ZEV market expansion, including global technology development and cost reduction. There is much to learn from each region’s experience, and these joint efforts will be important in tackling the remaining hurdles to ZEV growth in California and beyond. California’s collaborative efforts are described below.


California ZEV Action Plan

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In March 2012, Governor Brown issued Executive Order B-16-12 directing state government to help accelerate the market for zero-emission vehicles (ZEVs) in California. This executive order established several milestones on the path toward 1.5 million ZEVs in California by the year 2025. The ZEV Action Plan, first created in 2013, identified those specific strategies and actions that state government will need to take to meet the milestones of the executive order. In 2016 the ZEV Action Plan was updated with an outline of progress to date and new actions state agencies will take in continued pursuit of the milestones. 

Governor's Office of Planning and Research ZEV Webpage

2018 ZEV Action Plan Priorities Update

2016 ZEV Action Plan

2013 ZEV Action Plan

California Community Readiness Guidebook

Hydrogen Station Permitting Guidebook

Multi-state ZEV MOU

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In October 2013, California signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with 7 other states to collaborate on strategies for transforming the transportation sector over the next 11 years, with the ultimate goal being to significantly reduce greenhouse gas and smog‑causing emissions. Since then, interested stakeholders, including state regulators, the auto industry, infrastructure developers, and others have shared information and best practices to help move this groundbreaking effort forward.

Multi-State ZEV Task Force

2013 Multi-state ZEV MOU
Press Release: Governors Announce Bold Initiative to Put 3.3 Million ZEVs on the Road by 2025

2014 Multi-state ZEV Action Plan   
Press Release: 8 state alliance releases plan to put 3.3 million ZEVs on the road

International ZEV Alliance

zev alliance

The International ZEV Alliance (ZEV Alliance) is a collaboration of national and subnational governments working together to accelerate the adoption of ZEVs around the world. The participants set ambitious, achievable long-term targets for ZEV deployment, take actions to achieve those targets as appropriate in each jurisdiction, and encourage and support other jurisdictions in setting and achieving ambitious ZEV targets.

The ZEV Alliance counts among its membership California and several other U.S. states, all of whom are also members of the Multi-state ZEV MOU Task Force.

International ZEV Alliance Website

Press Release: New Initiative Accelerates Global Transition to ZEVs

Press Release: Global Alliance Accelerates Transition to ZEVs

Press Release: California Announces New Under 2 MOU Signatories, International Effort to Accelerate ZEVs