12/2/2013

Eight States Pledge to Push EV Sales

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Eight states commanding that 15% of cars sold by 2025 be zero-emission vehicles have agreed to make it easier to reach that goal.

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Eight states commanding that 15% of cars sold by 2025 be zero-emission vehicles have agreed to make it easier to reach that goal.

Participants include California, Connecticut, Maryland, Massachusetts, New York, Rhode Island, Oregon and Vermont. They define ZEVs as electrics, plug-in hybrids and hydrogen fuel cell vehicles.

Their governors have signed a nonbinding agreement to buy ZEVs for government fleets, update building codes to make it easier to install charging stations, offer incentives to ZEV buyers and agree on standards for charging networks and highway signage.

Achieving the eight-state sales goal would put roughly 3.3 million ZEVs on the road. Carmakers says that the rules force them to offer vehicles consumers don't want. The states contend that demand would improve if producers stop complaining and start cooperating to make ZEVs more appealing.