California will require 1.2 million public and shared electric vehicle (EV) chargers by 2030 for the state to meet its zero-emissions vehicle target. Gov. Gavin Newsome set a goal of all new passenger vehicle sales in the state being zero-emissions vehicles by 2035. To get there, authorities project 7.5 million EVs must be on the state’s roads by 2030.
Newsome and his supporters say the shift towards zero-emissions vehicles is essential to cut carbon emissions. Transport currently accounts for about two-fifths of California’s greenhouse gas output.
The new figures on EV infrastructure were presented in an analysis by the California Energy Commission. The Electric Vehicle Infrastructure Assessment estimates that the state will need 157,000 charging facilities to support medium-duty and heavy-duty electric trucks and buses. The CEC believes 180,000 electric trucks and buses will be operating in California by the end of the decade.
In 2020, the CEC warned that the growth in demand for EVs was greater than the increase in investment in EV infrastructure. The latest analysis reiterated this concern.
“We need to bridge the gap in electric vehicle charging or we won’t meet our goals for zeroing out harmful pollution from transportation,” says CEC commissioner Patty Monahan. “Building over a million chargers by 2030 is ambitious, but it’s also an opportunity to create good jobs and showcase California’s can-do spirit.”