Zero Emission Vehicles (ZEV)

The Governor’s Office of Business and Economic Development (GO-Biz) Zero-Emission Vehicle (ZEV) Infrastructure Unit works to accelerate the deployment of ZEV infrastructure in pursuit of Governor Brown’s goal of 200 hydrogen fueling stations and 250,000 plug-in electric chargers, including 10,000 direct current fast chargers, by 2025. These targets put California on the path to hosting 5 million ZEVs by 2030 and meeting our climate, air quality, and clean energy goals. 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.

Our unit serves to coordinate state efforts to track and accelerate ZEV infrastructure and identify areas for business engagement and growth in California. We address barriers and cultivate opportunities to accelerate ZEV infrastructure and market growth.