California wants 5 million 'green' cars on roads by 2030

California Governor Jerry Brown Friday signed an executive order detailing aims to have five million electric cars on the state’s roads by 2030 — by accelerating the production of such vehicles using financial incentives and rebates.

The $2.5 billion, eight-year plan also involves the installation of 250,000 electric vehicle charging stations and 200 hydrogen fueling stations by 2025.

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“To continue to meet California’s climate goals and clean air standards, California must go even further to accelerate the market for zero-emission vehicles,” the governor’s office said in a statement.

The order aims to “dramatically reduce carbon emissions from transportation — a sector that accounts for 50 per cent of the state’s greenhouse gas emissions and 80 per cent of smog-forming pollutants,” it added.

The previous target, from 2012, aimed to get 1.5 million “green” vehicles on the roads of the most populated US state — which boasts the biggest automobile market, with around 14.5 million vehicles for 40 million people.

California, where the number of zero-emissions vehicles has risen by 1,300 per cent in six years according to the order, will need to maintain similarly exponential growth to meet its latest goal.

Currently, eco-friendly vehicle sales represent five per cent of sales in the state.

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Two years ago, California also adopted a goal of cutting CO2 emissions to 40 per cent below the 1990 level by 2030.

The “Golden State,” a leading force in the fight against climate change in the US, also aims to obtain half of its electricity from renewable sources by 2030.

The order also includes a $1.25 billion investment in California’s own carbon market.

The extension comes as automakers in China brace to meet strict NEV quotas starting in 2019

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