California has exceeded Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr’s initial goals for placing more zero-emission vehicles (ZEV) on the road, new data released today shows.

Nearly 12 percent of new light-duty vehicle purchases made by state agencies are now zero-emission. This exceeds Governor Brown’s goal of 10 percent set forth in his 2012 executive order which envisions 1.5 million zero-emission vehicles on California roads by 2025. The achievement was announced at the state’s first-ever alternative transportation expo held at the State Capitol Monday.

“State agencies are leading the charge against climate change by enthusiastically adopting zero-emission vehicles for government business,” said Marybel Batjer, Secretary of the California Government Operations Agency. “I’m proud that our state is taking action now to protect the future.”

The ZEV purchase data announcement today puts the state in a good position to meet the governor’s next goal, which calls for 25 percent of light-duty replacement fleet purchases to be zero emission by 2020.

“We have approved approximately 310 zero emission vehicle purchases for state government use and about 252 ZEVs have been deployed by state departments,” said Daniel C. Kim, Director of the Department of General Services. “Those numbers include battery, electric and plug-in hybrid vehicles that are purchased through state contracts managed by DGS.”

California is also expanding the state’s vehicle charging station infrastructure. DGS manages about 70 "smart" level-two electric vehicle charging stations at state facilities with plans to install about 80 more by the end of 2016. DGS has also begun a statewide program to install a minimum of 1,000 basic level-one charging receptacles throughout all DGS garages and parking lots.

Read the zero-emission vehicle report: