California Gov. Jerry Brown signed AB 8, a measure that will continue the state's clean vehicle and fuel incentives through 2023, providing more than $2 billion in funding to help fleets and consumers buy clean-burning low-carbon vehicles.
This bill represents the largest financial commitment by a state to cleaning up its transportation sector, say supporters.
The programs that would be extended include the AB 118 clean fuel and vehicle programs and the Carl Moyer and AB 923 local air district funds for diesel emission reduction.
The bills also dedicate funding, in lieu of regulatory action, to construct the fueling infrastructure necessary to support the impending introduction of zero-emission hydrogen fuel cell cars.
More than 100 business, civic, and environmental organizations supported AB 8. Among the other supporters were the California Trucking Association, the Environmental Defense Fund, and the California Farm Bureau. An AB 8 fact sheet is available for download at http://bit.ly/1aOOTP4.