Zero-Emission Vehicles

Zero-Emission Vehicles

Greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions generated by the transportation sector – with tailpipe emissions, oil extraction, and oil refining combined – account for roughly 50% of all in-state emissions. Zero-emission vehicles are a key component of the state’s strategy toward a carbon-neutral California. ZEVs provide multiple benefits by reducing GHG emissions and improving air quality while also reducing California’s dependence on fossil fuels and expanding quality green job opportunities. For these reasons, Caltrans has committed to a variety of key actions through the ZEV Action Plan 2.0 to meet both the State’s ZEV and climate targets. To date, Caltrans has transitioned nearly 10% of its fleet to ZEVs and installed more than 500 workplace ZEV chargers for its employees across the state, and the ZEV Action Plan 2.0 charts the course to take the Department’s ZEV efforts to the next level. 


Zero-Emission Vehicle (ZEV) Action Plan 2.0

The Caltrans Zero-Emission Vehicle (ZEV) Action Plan 2.0, an update to Caltrans’ first ZEV Action Plan released in 2018, was created in response to the Governor’s Executive Order N-79-20, which sets the goal of 100% of in-state new car sales to be zero-emission by 2035. The Action Plan aims to support the continued deployment of and increased access to ZEVs for all Californians—especially underserved, low-income, and Black, Indigenous, and People of Color (BIPOC) communities. 

  1. Green Fleet
  2. Rights-of-Way
  3. Dig Smart
  4. Bike/Walk Integration
  5. Research and Development
  6. ZEV Infrastructure Signage
  7. Partnerships and Coordination

To support California’s national leadership in electrifying the transportation sector, Caltrans developed the Action Plan in alignment with the California ZEV Market Development Strategy and the draft California Action Plan for Transportation Infrastructure (CAPTI). The ZEV Action Plan 2.0 reaffirms Caltrans’ commitment to transparency, accountability, and collaboration in our ZEV-related policies and actions.

Caltrans recognizes that as stewards of the state’s transportation system, our actions significantly contribute to safety, equity and livability, and climate action throughout California. While ZEV technology is a key component of the state’s strategy to combat the climate crisis, the state cannot meet its climate goals without a reduction in vehicle miles traveled (VMT) and the delivery of transportation improvements and development projects that allow Californians to drive less.

Learn more about how Caltrans is providing sustainable, multimodal transportation options:

Senate Bill (SB) 743 Implementation

Caltrans Mode Share Action Plan 2.0

For more information on ZEVs, visit: What Are Zero Emission Vehicles (ZEVs)?