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1 Million Charging Stations

Goal: Install one million charging stations to put California on a path toward zero carbon transportation.
Transportation accounts for 41 percent of all greenhouse gas emissions in California. Some of that is from trucks and buses. But even our passenger vehicles are responsible for 28 percent of our state’s total emissions.
In order to clean up our air and stave off the worst impacts of climate change, we need to electrify our transportation system — and in particular, our cars. And in order to keep pace with the goals on electric vehicles (EVs), we need to build more charging stations. That’s why we’ve set a goal of reaching 1 million charging stations in California by 2030.
  • <h6 class='slideTitle'>QUICK FACTS</h6><h5 class='slideText'>Transportation makes up more than 40 percent of California’s greenhouse gas emissions.</h5><p class='slideCredit'>Aaron Kohr via Shutterstock.com</p>
  • <h6 class='slideTitle'>QUICK FACTS</h6><h5 class='slideText'>Electric vehicles are far cleaner than gasoline-powered cars, with lower greenhouse gas emissions and emissions of pollutants that lead to smog.</h5><p class='slideCredit'>Diliff via Wikimedia Commons CC BY-SA 3.0</p>
  • <h6 class='slideTitle'>QUICK FACTS</h6><h5 class='slideText'>As of January 2020, California has more than 655,000 EVs, but fewer than 22,000 charging stations.</h5><p class='slideCredit'>Dan Schreiber via Shutterstock.com</p>
Plugging in

In California, we’ve seen the effects of tailpipe pollution firsthand, both in the droughts, wildfires, heatwaves and other growing impacts of climate change, and in the rates of asthma and other respiratory illnesses caused by air pollution

To enjoy cleaner air and to stave off the worst effects of climate change, we need to reduce global warming pollution from California's transportation sector. How? By transitioning away from fossil fuel-powered cars and trucks. Electric vehicles are far cleaner than gasoline-powered cars with lower emissions of greenhouse gases and pollutants that lead to smog.

California has already put a plan in motion to do that, but we need to make sure we have the infrastructure in place to make it work. That’s where charging stations come in.

Environment California's work over the years to bring 1 million solar roofs to the state has set the stage for victory.
The state of electric vehicles in California

In 2014, then-Gov. Jerry Brown signed the Charge Ahead California Initiative into law, setting the goal of putting 1 million zero-emission vehicles on the road by Jan. 1, 2023. And in January 2018, he raised the goal to a total of 5 million zero-emission vehicles in California by 2030.

As of January 2020, California has more than 655,000 EVs, but fewer than 22,000 charging stations.

We’re making progress. But in order to avoid the worst effects of climate change, we need to put millions more EVs on the road. And in order to do that, we need to build more charging stations to keep them there.

That’s why we’re calling on Gov. Gavin Newsom to set a goal of installing 1 million charging stations in California by 2030.