The California Air Resources Board announced Thursday that it will require ridesharing company's fleets to be 90 percent electric by the year 2030.
Acting in accordance with the 2018 implementation SB 1014, the rideshare regulations must begin to be implemented in companies starting in 2023.
"Another step towards meeting the state’s 2030 climate goal of reducing greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions 40 percent below 1990 levels, achieving statewide carbon neutrality by 2045, aligning with Governor Newsom Zero Emission Vehicle Executive Order (N-79-20) and fulfilling the state’s air quality goals," a statement from the board reads.
"This move is yet another piece of the comprehensive program California has developed to protect public health from harmful emissions," said CARB chair Liane M. Randolph. "The transportation sector is responsible for nearly half of California’s greenhouse gas emissions, the vast majority of which come from light-duty vehicles. This action will help provide certainty to the state’s climate efforts and improve air quality in our most disadvantaged communities."
"Governor Newsom’s May revision of the state budget provides hundreds of millions of additional dollars for the state programs," the statement reads. "Drivers who lease or buy an EV may apply for the full range of California clean car incentives rebates such as the Clean Vehicle Rebate Project, the Clean Cars 4 All program and the Clean Fuels Reward, as well as financial incentives from their local utilities and a federal tax credit."
The board states that the transportation sector accounts for nearly 50 percent of greenhouse emissions in California, as well as nearly all of the state's air pollution.
"Though rideshare vehicles are a relatively small portion of California’s vehicle fleet, they often travel many miles beyond the average of other vehicles, so electrifying them can provide significant environmental benefits," the board states.
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