AP : abcnews – excerpt
Gov. Jerry Brown signed into law several bills designed to boost use of clean-air vehicles in California.
One bill signed Sunday allows 15,000 additional electric and partial zero-emissions vehicles, or 70,000 total vehicles, to get green stickers that allow driving in carpool lanes even when solo.
Another requires freeway high-occupancy toll lane operators to allow clean air vehicles to drive for free or reduced rates. Such roads exist in Orange and Riverside counties, and the San Francisco area.
Another bill requires a property owner, rather than the person leasing it, to install an electric vehicle charging station and its infrastructure in most cases.
California makes up 40 percent of the nation’s electric vehicle sales and the governor’s press office says it surpassed more than 100,000 sold earlier this month… (more)
Car manufacturers have met the new clean air standards by developing more efficient motor vehicles and the public has embraced the new technology. Changes in automotive industry standards, including increased production of electric vehicles have resulted in a faster pace of emissions reduction than anything the anti-car movement has done. Fortunately, the legislators are supporting the switch to clean energy. Now we just need to tackle the parking and traffic problems at the polls.