Policy Institute director weighs in on “The race to zero emissions”

In “The race to zero emissions” published on October 29, 2020 by the Sacramento Business Journal, author Mark Anderson explores a new California mandate on electric vehicles that will have broad implications for California’s economy. Dr. Austin Brown, Executive Director of the Policy Institute, contributed some key points to the article, including the following:

With the swipe of a pen, Newsom set in motion far-reaching changes over the next 14 years for California, which is the state with the most registered cars by far. The order demands not just emission improvements, but zero emissions, and it’s poised to significantly impact the transportation industry, the economy and the culture. 

“There will clearly be winners and losers in the shift to electric vehicles,” said Austin Brown, executive director of the University of California Davis Policy Institute for Energy, Environment and the Economy.

Businesses that are contributing to the supply chain for electric vehicles — such as parts, assembly, charging, maintenance and auto dismantlers —will clearly benefit, he said. 

“Some businesses like auto repair and gas stations will clearly be challenged,” Brown said. “One aspect of this I hope we can do more to explore is to investigate how to manage the transition in a way that mitigates much of the disruption. This may be training and retraining, supporting conversion of gas stations to include public charging.”

While nine other states have adopted the California Zero Emission Vehicle (ZEV) program, which was designed to help the state achieve its emissions goals by requiring more zero-emission vehicles, California is the only state to implement a ZEV-only mandate with a specific deadline. The European Union and China are moving toward electric vehicles “at a similar rate to this,” Brown said.

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