California’s Zero Emission Vehicle (ZEV) program, including the ZEV regulation and complimentary state policies and incentives, has resulted in the placement over 1 million ZEVs and plug-in hybrid electric vehicles (PHEV) on California roads and a growing network of EV charging and hydrogen fueling stations. The ZEV program has also influenced ZEV policy around the world. California’s leadership is collaborating with state, national and international partners to address challenges to ZEV market expansion, including global technology development and cost reduction. There is much to learn from each region’s experience, and these joint efforts will be important in tackling the remaining hurdles to ZEV growth in California and beyond. California’s collaborative efforts are described below.
Governor's Office of Business and Economic Development (GO-Biz)
The ZEV Market Development Strategy is meant to help California collectively move forward and deliver zero-emission benefits to all Californians. It outlines how state agency's and stakeholder groups key to our transition can move together with the scale and speed required to reach the state’s ZEV targets.
Multi-state ZEV MOU
In October 2013, California signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with seven other states to form the Multi-State ZEV Task Force to collaborate on strategies for transforming the transportation sector over the next 11 years, with the ultimate goal being to significantly reduce greenhouse gas and smog‑causing emissions. Since then, the number of states involved has grown. This effort, managed by the Northeast States for Coordinated Air Management (NESCAUM) includes state regulators, the auto industry, infrastructure developers, and others that share information and best practices to help move this groundbreaking effort forward.
CARB is a member of Veloz, a nonprofit organization with unparalleled stakeholder leadership made up of a high-powered, diverse board and members from key sector companies, agencies and nonprofits. Veloz means fast because we have to move quickly. CARB is a founding member of Veloz and Chair Randolph sits on the Veloz Public Policy Board.
International ZEV Alliance
The International ZEV Alliance (ZEV Alliance) is a collaboration of national and subnational governments working together to accelerate the adoption of ZEVs around the world. The participants set ambitious, achievable long-term targets for ZEV deployment, take actions to achieve those targets as appropriate in each jurisdiction, and encourage and support other jurisdictions in setting and achieving ambitious ZEV targets.
The ZEV Alliance counts among its membership California and several other U.S. states, all of whom are also members of the Multi-state ZEV MOU Task Force.
California Fuel Cell Partnership
CARB is a member of the California Fuel Cell Partnership, an industry/government collaboration aimed at expanding the market for fuel cell electric vehicles powered by hydrogen to help create a cleaner, more energy-diverse future with no-compromise zero emission vehicles.
International Transport Forum:
The International Transport Forum at the Organization for Economic
Co-operation and Development (OECD) is an intergovernmental organization with 63 member countries. It acts as a think tank for transport policy and organises the Annual Summit of transport ministers. ITF is the only global body that covers all transport modes. The ITF is administratively integrated with the OECD, yet politically autonomous.
Under 2 Coalition
The Under 2 Coalition is the largest global network of state and regional governments committed to reducing emissions in line with the Paris Agreement.
The ZEV Community is brings together all levels of governments to share and learn about exciting ZEV initiatives taking place around the world and is co-hosted by the Under2 Coalition and the ZEV Alliance, in partnership with C40 Cities and the U.S. Climate Alliance. All participants and members of these networks are invited to take part..
China-U.S. ZEV Policy Lab
Established through a five-year Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) signed in China in September 2014, the China-U.S. ZEV Policy Lab represents a global milestone in international collaboration on clean vehicles development. The MOU focuses on joint research and cooperation between UC Davis and the China Automotive Technology and Research Center (CATARC), the administrative body that oversees and regulates many activities of the auto industry in China.