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California Governor Gavin Newsom made headlines recently for a surprise visit to China to promote cooperation in curbing climate change, notably test-driving and praising a Chinese electric vehicle (EV).
While the move has been met with praise as well as criticism, TruckInfo.net decided to see how well California is “walking the walk” in promoting EVs and progressing toward its goal of net zero emissions by 2045.
With nearly a third of the EV charging ports nationwide, California has significantly more EV ports than any other state. In fact, California has more than four times the number of charging ports as New York, which ranks second.
On a per capita basis, which is arguably the most important factor for EV practicality, California still ranks 3rd. The state only lags behind DC and Vermont, both of which have small populations in comparison.
Despite building the infrastructure to support electric vehicles, the state still only sources 43% of its electricity from renewable energy sources. For context, Vermont (83%) leads the nation, followed by Washington (82%) and Oregon (78%).
Trailing only Hawaii, California’s average electricity price of 28 cents per kilowatt-hour is significantly higher than the rest of the country. To be precise, it’s 108% more expensive than the national average.
Although California has been leading the nation in building EV infrastructure, the state still has a way to go toward its goal of net zero emissions. Equally as important, the state needs to find a way to reduce electricity costs as consumption increases with the rise in electric vehicles.