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ROADMAP 2035: Cars, Carbon and Climate Change – How Do We Meet California’s Zero Emissions Goals?

May 25, 2023 @ 9:25 am - 2:00 pm

Join Capitol Weekly for a conference examining California’s climate goals – specifically the plan to move beyond gas-powered vehicles. ROADMAP 2035: Cars, Carbon and Climate Change – How Do We Meet California’s Zero Emissions Goals? will be held on Thursday, May 25, 2023, in Sacramento. A remote-viewing Zoom option is available HERE.


By 2035 all new passenger cars, trucks and SUVs sold in California must be zero emissions. California’s Advanced Clean Cars II regulations will rapidly scale down light-duty passenger car, pickup truck and SUV emissions starting with the 2026 model year.

And, it’s not just happening in California. In March, the European Union announced a law to end sales of new CO2-emitting cars in 2035. Multiple states, including Oregon have similar mandates in place, and the Environmental Protection Agency has proposed new rules that could require up to two-thirds of all new cars sold in the US by 2032 to be zero emission vehicles.

Despite these ambitious goals, major challenges remain. Public acceptance of EVs is growing, but not at the rate needed to meet the mandate. And, the state’s electrical grid is barely able to meet peak demand now; what happens when the average Californian is driving a plug-in? We’ll look at these questions and many more.

Click here to view an event program, with profiles of speakers and other details.

The Keynote Speaker is Alice Busching Reynolds, President of the California Public Utilities Commission, in conversation with Rich Ehisen, Capitol Weekly.

9:30 AM, PANEL 1 – The Technology: How We Get There

Jacquelyn Birdsall, Toyota; Steve Douglas, Alliance for Automotive Innovation; Quentin Gee, California Energy Commission; Orville Thomas, CALSTART

Moderated by Alejandro Lazo, CalMatters

10:45 AM, PANEL 2 – What Now: Timelines and Implementation

Dr. Jen Gress, California Air Resources Board; Kip Lipper, Policy Advisor to the Sen. Pro Tem; Michael Pimentel, California Transit Association; Scott Wetch, Carter, Wetch and Associates

Moderated by Ari Plachta, Sacramento Bee

Noon, KEYNOTE – Alice Busching Reynolds, President, California Public Utilities Commission

In conversation with Rich Ehisen, Capitol Weekly

1:00 PM, PANEL 3 – The Future vs. The Past: The Impact on California’s Legacy Industries

Christopher Benjamin, Pacific Gas & Electric; Jon Costantino, Tradesman Advisors; Catherine Reheis-Boyd, Western States Petroleum Association; Laura Renger, California Electric Transportation Coalition

Moderated by Brian Joseph, Capitol Weekly


HYBRID: 1414 K Street, Suite 100, Sacramento, CA 95814 / Zoom


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