Governors Seek ‘to Revolutionize the Automobile Market’ by Promoting ZEVs
Governors from eight states are trumpeting a “groundbreaking” initiative to put 3.3 million zero-emission vehicles on the roads in their states within a dozen years.
They “have joined forces to revolutionize the automobile market by promoting zero-emission vehicles,” states a a summary issued by the California Air Resources Board.
“This is not just an agreement, but a serious and profoundly important commitment,” said California Governor Jerry Brown.
In addition to California, the states are Connecticut, Maryland, Massachusetts, New York, Oregon, Rhode Island and Vermont.
The eight governors said they’d move to
- harmonize building codes to make it easier to include new electric car charging stations;
- lead by example by including zero emission vehicles in their public fleets;
- evaluate and establish, where appropriate, financial and other incentives to promote zero emission vehicles;
- consider establishing favorable electricity rates for home charging systems; and
- develop common standards for roadway signs and charging networks.
“When it comes to fighting climate disruption, EVs are where the rubber hits the road,” Sierra Club executive director Michael Brune said in a statement.
“This announcement is possible because the president’s strong new fuel economy standards have put electric vehicles in the fast lane. Sales doubled in the first half of 2013,” he said, “and more models are available now than ever before.”
“Today’s announcement will ensure that all new cars won’t just use less gas, many won’t use gas at all,” Brune said.
“The Sierra Club applauds these eight states.”
U.S. electric car sales in 2012 more than tripled to about 52,000 from 17,000 in 2011, CARB says. Motorists bought more than 40,000 plug-in cars in the first and second quarters of 2013.
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Source: California Air Resources Board with Fleets & Fuels follow-up