A California Chamber of Commerce-supported job creator bill that will benefit the environment and create jobs in California passed the Assembly Natural Resources Committee this week with unanimous support.
SB 301 (Portantino; D-La Cañada Flintridge) incentivizes production of zero-emission vehicle parts in the state, increasing manufacturing and jobs, by offering a rebate for zero-emissions vehicle conversions.
Rebate for ZEV Conversions
The transportation sector is a major contributor to greenhouse gas emissions, and converting gas- and diesel-powered vehicles to zero-emissions vehicles (ZEV) can significantly reduce these emissions. This conversion process requires the production of new parts and components, such as electric motors, batteries, and charging infrastructure.
By offering a rebate for zero-emissions vehicle conversions, California can incentivize the production of these parts and components in the state, which will lead to increased manufacturing and job creation in California, the CalChamber told committee members in a letter.
The production of components for conversions requires specialized skills and expertise, which will lead to the creation of high-paying, skilled jobs. Moreover, as more individuals convert their cars and trucks to zero-emission vehicles, there will be increased demand for these components, leading to increased job growth in the manufacturing sector, the CalChamber pointed out.
The increased production of these components will also lead to further innovation and technological advancement in the manufacturing sector, creating new opportunities for research and development.
“We believe that offering a $4,000 rebate for converting gas- and diesel-powered vehicles to zero-emission vehicles would be a significant step forward in promoting manufacturing and creating jobs here in California,” the CalChamber said. “SB 301 is a logical step in the right direction of our electrification transition, providing consumers with more options for electrification while also spurring job growth here in California.”
SB 301 will be considered next by the Assembly Appropriations Committee.