Advocates of electric vehicles cite California as a golden example of what is possible when governments encourage electric vehicles.
As of June of this year, California had more than 425,000 electric vehicle registrations. Florida takes second place with just over 58,000. Three states have fewer than 500 registered electric vehicles.
California also has many more public loading ports, about 35,000 of them. Its closest competitor is New York, which has fewer than 7,000.
Sixteen states are, in fact, deserts of charging stations, with fewer than 500 public charging stations. Alaska, North and South Dakota, and Wyoming have fewer than 200.
“We believe the future comes here first,” California Governor Gavin Newsom said.
But here are four reasons the rest of the country might start to catch up.
A: purchasing incentives
For more than a decade, California has offered discounts to buyers. It is currently offering up to $ 4,500 for the purchase of battery-electric vehicles.
As part of the “Build Back Better” plan promoted by President Joe Biden, buyers would get a tax credit of $ 7,500 for the purchase of electric vehicles made in the United States and an additional $ 4,500 for those made with it. unionized workers. Both credits are controversial and might not be part of the final bill.
Two: more charging stations
“A lot of green infrastructure involves technologies like charging stations, right? Said Pete Buttigieg, US Secretary of Transportation.
And they’re on their way – $ 7.5 billion of the recently signed infrastructure bill goes to purchase new EV chargers.
Three: selection increases
Expensive Tesla vehicles have become a California status symbol, now the most popular car brands in the United States are getting into the EV action.
Ford has just reported 160,000 pre-orders of its F-150 Lightning pickup trucks. Earlier this year, GM announced that by 2035 it would only produce electric cars in the United States.
And new names are emerging. Last week, Rivian, an electric vehicle company backed by Amazon and Ford, debuted on Wall Street with a valuation of $ 100 billion, even though it is still weeks away from delivering its first vehicle. Tesla is the only more valuable American automaker.
Four: ambitious goals
Last year, the governor of California made this statement: “By 2035, over the next 15 years, we will eliminate the sale of the internal combustion engine.
President Biden issued an executive order in August calling for half of new cars to be electric or plug-in hybrids by 2030.
But for all of its EV mojo, California can’t compete with China, where 39% of all cars sold last year were electric.
The United States – where it is less than 2% – seems to be embarking on the race for electrification.
This story was originally posted by Jason Bellini at Newsy.