The California Governor’s Office of Business and Economic Development (GO-Biz) Zero-Emission Vehicles (ZEV) Infrastructure Unit works to accelerate the deployment of ZEV infrastructure in pursuit of Governor Brown’s goal of 1.5 million ZEVs on California’s roads by 2025. While our state has made considerable progress deploying ZEV infrastructure, more remains to be done to increase consumer confidence in the expanding network.
Massive ZEV adoption is essential for California to meet health-based air quality requirements and climate-driven greenhouse gas emission reduction targets in the coming decades. ZEVs, which include plug-in electric vehicles (PEVs) and hydrogen fuel cell electric vehicles (FCEVs), share two fundamental attributes: they are electric drive vehicles with zero tailpipe emissions. PEVs store electricity on-board in batteries while FCEVs generate electricity on-board using hydrogen and fuel cells.
ZEV success depends on a robust fueling infrastructure throughout California and beyond. The majority of PEV charging occurs at home, followed by work and public stations. FCEVs are almost always charged at public hydrogen fueling stations. Both models offer unique advantages when compared to conventional gasoline or diesel fueling, and GO-Biz strives to play to the strengths of each technology.