Multistate Action Plan to Bring 3.3 Million Zero-Emission Vehicles on the Road by 2025

(3BL Media/Justmeans) – An agreement between eight states, dubbed the Multistate ZEV Action Plan, aims to cut down greenhouse gas emissions by mainstream autos over the next decade. The agreement will also seek to unify state policies on zero-emission vehicles across all eight states, which include the two most populous states in the country, California and New York.

The multistate alliance, which also includes Connecticut, Maryland, Massachusetts, Oregon, Rhode Island and Vermont, will help synergize the individual programs of each state to encourage vehicle owners to make the switch from gas-powered vehicles. The alliance has now announced that it plans to step up each state’s efforts at reducing carbon emissions, a substantial part of which is emitted by transportation.

The plans include promoting the usage of electric cars, plug-in hybrids and fuel-cell cars for government fleets, building charging stations for cars that run on electricity and hydrogen, and providing consumer incentives to buy these cars. Some of the key incentives may include rebates, preferential parking spaces in public parking lots, and permission to drive interstate in the carpool lane. These eight states comprise nearly one-fourth of the entire automobile market in the country.

Governor of California, Edmund G. Brown Jr., said that the alliance is pressing the accelerator to get more clean cars on the road. The challenges to make a large-scale shift from conventional cars to electric cars or hybrids are still, particularly because of the high costs and limited choices in cleaner vehicles. However, the encouraging news is that the sales of these eco-friendly vehicles have more than doubled in 2013, with more than half of the sales taking place in the eight states that are a part of the alliance.

New York Governor, Andrew Cuomo, said that the state will be supporting the effort to switch over to electric vehicles through its Charge NY initiative. The project involves installation of 3,000 electric vehicle charging stations, which will be pivotal to the growth of a completely wired Northeast corridor. Gov. Cuomo is hopeful that more states will join this collaborative effort and help pave the way for the clean transportation options of the future.

Source: Tech Times

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