‘Collaboration Is Critical,’ Says California Air Resources Board
Led by California and NESCAUM, the Northeast States for Coordinated Air Use Management, eight states are launching the Multi-State ZEV Action Plan with the goal of bringing greater numbers of zero emission vehicles into use – 3.3 million by 2025, they say.
“The Multi-State ZEV Action Plan is the first promised milestone for the bi-coastal collaboration to pave the way for increasingly large numbers of the cleanest cars in the nation,” states a release.
In addition to California, the partner states are Connecticut, Maryland, Massachusetts together, New York, Oregon, Rhode Island and Vermont – said to account for about a quarter of the nation’s new car sales.
“We’re putting a foot on the pedal to get more clean cars on the road,” Califfornia Gov. Jerry Brown said in the CARB announcement. “This is real action to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.”
The eight governors signed an MoU this past October. “The ultimate goal is to reduce greenhouse gas and smog-causing emissions by transforming the transportation sector over the next 11 years,” says CARB.
Target ZEVs include plug-in hybrids, battery electric, and hydrogen-powered fuel cell electric vehicles. To date, says CARB, manufacturers have rolled out more than two dozen models and have developed a solid foothold.
Codes and Signs and More
The Action plan seeks to build the market by promoting availability, planning and investing in ZEV infrastructure and boosting fleet use of ZEVs; by encouraging consistent codes and standards to make it easier to install charging station with better signage; and by improving the ZEV experience by promoting workplace charging, providing consumer incentives, and removing barriers to the retail sale of electricity as vehicle fuel.
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Source: California Air Resources Board with Fleets & Fuels follow-up