The Plug and the Nozzle
- ZEV Infrastructure Permitting Newsletter No. 7 -

ZEV Stakeholder, 

We are excited to provide five important updates in this issue related to zero-emission vehicle (ZEV) infrastructure. Read on for details. 

1. Veloz and Electric For All Permitting Video  

Is your community ready for more charging stations? Have you streamlined the permitting process to install chargers? To learn more, check out, “Clearing the Path to Permitting Charging Stations – AB1236." Veloz produced this video in partnership with the Governor's Office of Business and Economic Development (GO-Biz) to amplify the conversation about installing more electric vehicle charging stations in our communities. Permit streamlining represents a tremendous opportunity for local governments to encourage job creation and clean our air.  

Please visit Veloz's new online Permitting Resource!
To inspire cities and counties to streamline – our team recently launched The Permitting OlympicsGO-Biz will be awarding permitting medals to jurisdictions that have streamlined, based on the requirements of AB 1236Medals will be awarded county by county, based on all the jurisdictions within the county: 
  • Counties with 100% of their region streamlined = Gold
  • Counties with 75% of their region streamlined = Silver
  • Counties with 50% of their region streamlined = Bronze
The GO-Biz ZEV Team is here to support your jurisdiction as you work with your neighbors to compete for Gold. Please send any questions to zev@gobiz.ca.gov.

2. ZEV Budget Proposal 

California is gearing up to meet the ambitious zero-emission vehicle targets of Governor Newsom’s Executive Order N-79-20and the Governor’s recent budget proposal is intended to accelerate our efforts. In addition to other important air protection, equity, and workforce funding, the proposal includes $1.5 billion for zero-emission transportation: 

  • Zero-Emission Vehicle Infrastructure – $1 billion, including securitization of future revenues to accelerate infrastructure installation.
  • Greening State-Owned Infrastructure – $50 million.
  • Zero-Emission Vehicles (funds existing medium-, heavy-duty and off-road incentives and equity programs) – $465 million.
  • Delayed Property Tax Assessment of Zero-Emission Vehicle Charging and Fueling Stations.

To learn more about the Governor’s proposed budget, see the budget summary here. The Zero-Emission Vehicle section starts on Page 139. 

Additional stories on Governor Newsom’s proposed investment in our zero-emission future: 

3. Infrastructure Update
This new year is starting off with exciting infrastructure news! Please see the Veloz Sales Dashboard for more information. Berkeley's new hydrogen station just opened on Tuesday, January 12th. 

4. West Coast Collaborative Alternative Fuel Infrastructure Corridor Coalition (WCC AFICC) Medium & Heavy-Duty Funding Survey (closes 3/31/2021)  

The WCC AFICC seeks input on funding needs for plug-in electric, hydrogen, propane, compressed and/or liquefied natural gas fueling stations that are accessible to Class 5+ on-highway vehicles (>16,001 lbs), locomotives, marine vessels, and/or other heavy-duty nonroad equipment. Submit survey responses by March 31, 2021 regarding needed MHD accessible stations in the western U.S., including: Alaska, Arizona, California, Hawaii, Idaho, Nevada, Oregon, Washington, Tribal Lands, and the U.S. Pacific Island Territories of American Samoa, Guam, and the Northern Mariana Islands. Feedback from this survey will also help to evaluate awareness of and satisfaction with the US EPA Diesel Emissions Reduction Act (DERA) Program. 

  1. Project Page – https://westcoastcollaborative.org/workgroup/wkgrp-fuels.htm#recommend   

  1. Survey Form – https://erg.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_3wm6XjtxRK7BEB7 

5. ZEV Strategy Update

The ZEV Market Development Strategy is on track to be published by January 31st, 2021. Thank you to everyone who provided feedback; if you did not get a chance, feedback is welcome anytime. We are always looking for ways to improve the process in service of advancing and accelerating the ZEV Market. 

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