California wants 1 million electric, plug-in hybrid vehicles on the roads in a decade

2011 Nissan LEAF / 2011 Chevrolet Volt

California, the nation’s largest state has unveiled a new plan to have 1 million electric and plug-in hybrids vehicles on the roads in a decade. The state unveiled the plan for its energy future two days prior to Air Resources Board releases their requirement for how many emission-free vehicles it wants by next year.

Currently, there are just a few thousand electric-vehicles in the U.S. today – 1 million electric and plug-in hybrids in California would still be a small percentage of the state’s total vehicle fleet of more than 32 million passenger cars and trucks. The state currently has about 200,000 hybrid vehicles on the road – most of any state.

California says that by the 2018 model year, the state will require automakers to build a large number of zero-emission vehicles. These can be either fuel-cell or fully battery powered vehicles.

Seems like that’s good news for the Nissan LEAF, Chevrolet Volt and the upcoming Ford Focus Electric and Toyota Prius plug-in hybrid.

– By: Omar Rana

Source: Detroit News