Eight States Plan for 3.3 Million Zero-Emission Vehicles by 2025

October 30, 2013

Governors from eight states on October 24 announced a groundbreaking initiative to put 3.3 million zero-emission vehicles on the roads in their states by 2025. The governors of California, Connecticut, Maryland, Massachusetts, New York, Oregon, Rhode Island, and Vermont signed a cooperative agreement to identify specific actions they can take within their states and cooperatively to build the market for zero-emission vehicles. Zero-emission vehicles include battery electric vehicles, plug-in hybrid electric vehicles, and hydrogen fuel-cell-electric vehicles. These technologies can be used in passenger cars, trucks, and transit buses.

The governors will look at harmonizing building codes to make it easier to construct new electric car charging stations, leading by example by including zero-emission vehicles in their public fleets, and evaluating financial and other incentives to promote zero-emission vehicles. The group will also develop common standards for roadway signs and charging networks. See the Rhode Island press release.