Zero Emission Vehicles (ZEV) in California

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The Future of Zero Emission Vehicles (ZEV) in California – A Comprehensive Overview

In this blog post, we’ll delve into the California Air Resources Board and Governor Gavin Newsom’s revolutionary proposal for Zero Emission Vehicles (ZEV). Read more as we explore the key aspects of this groundbreaking plan and its potential impact on EV owners in California.

Approval of Advanced Clean Cars II:

On August 25th, 2022, the California Air Resources Board approved Advanced Clean Cars II, aiming to accelerate the transition to a cleaner transportation system in the state. This forward-thinking program sets a remarkable goal – by 2035, all new cars and light trucks sold in California will be zero-emission vehicles, including plug-in hybrid electric vehicles.

Governor Newsom’s Vision and Budget Allocation:

Governor Newsom’s visionary plan received legislative approval with a significant budget allocation. For the fiscal year 2022-2023, $2.7 billion has been allocated, with an additional $3.9 billion over the next three years. These funds will be invested in Zero Emission Vehicles (ZEV) and clean mobility options, with a particular focus on supporting environmentally and economically burdened communities.

Growing EV Sales:

Let’s take a closer look at the numbers – EV purchases from 2019 to the present. According to Veloz, California has witnessed a remarkable surge in EV sales. In 2019, cumulative EV sales were 147,347, and by 2022, this number nearly tripled to 345,818. In Q1 of 2023, 124,053 EVs were already sold, demonstrating a continued upward trend.

Commonly Asked Questions:

  1. Will Zero Emission Vehicles be affordable for everyone? As battery costs decrease, the price of battery-electric vehicles will eventually align with conventional cars. Studies show that EVs can save consumers thousands of dollars over their lifetime and up to $4,700 in fuel costs within the first seven years.
  2. Are there incentives to offset the upfront costs of ZEVs? Yes, multiple incentive programs are available, including federal tax credits, the Clean Vehicle Rebate Project, and Clean Fuels Rewards. Income-eligible buyers can access additional incentives like the Clean Vehicle Assistance Program and Clean Cars 4 All.
  3. Do ZEVs come with battery warranties? Absolutely. Most automakers provide an 8-year/100,000-mile battery warranty. This warranty, while not yet mandated by regulation, ensures durability and protection for the secondary market of ZEVs.

My Insights on EVs and Lemon Law:

As an attorney with over two decades of experience in Lemon Law, I firmly believe that EVs are the way of the future, paving the path to a more sustainable and climate-conscious society. However, the rapid transition to ZEVs may come with challenges, and Lemon Law remains a vital safeguard for consumers. In our upcoming videos, we’ll delve into potential hurdles and their solutions, ensuring a smooth ride for all EV enthusiasts.


The journey towards a greener, eco-friendly California has just begun, and Zero Emission Vehicles are at the heart of this transformation. As Lemon Law applies to ZEVs, our team at the Law Offices of Alex Cha & Associates is ready to stand beside you, ensuring that your rights are protected and your journey with electric mobility remains smooth.

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