California Governor Jerry Brown is drafting behind President Barack Obama's drive for one million electric vehicles in the US. In his "State of the State" speech on January 22 in Sacramento, Brown made mention that, "We're on our way to a million electric vehicles."
Brown has been backing transportation electrification for awhile now. On National Plug In Day in September, he signed Assembly Bill 8, a $2-billion bill extending electric vehicle credits and building a network of up to 100 hydrogen stations. Brown sees EVs as part of the state's leadership role in dealing with climate change. The state's biggest challenge is the volume of gasoline Californians use – more than 14 billion gallons each year to travel over 330 billion miles, he said.
Brown's speech was lauded by the Charge Ahead California campaign, a coalition of groups advocating putting one million electric cars, trucks and buses on California's roads. The governor's support closely follows his January 9th budget proposal, which included "up to $200 million in proceeds from the state's cap and trade auctions to support electric vehicles programs." One of the Charge Ahead California groups, National Resources Defense Council, issued a statement from Roland Hwang: "Governor Brown continues to be a climate leader by supporting electric vehicles and we will work with him to continue finding solutions to the problem that will define our generation. Read more in the press release below.