8 States Push for Increased Electric Vehicle Sales

By Jeremy Del Nero on 29 October 2013
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To combat the stagnant state of electric vehicle sales in the U.S., eight states, including California, New York, and Massachusetts, have agreed to work together to encourage the adoption and sale of EVs.

The states’ efforts will include the adoption of a universal payment method for charging, as well as updating building codes to make the installation of electric charging stations more feasible, and in some instances (such as multifamily residences and workplaces), mandatory.

Officials from the states involved said that they would purchase electric cars for their own fleets and create incentives for others to drive them, including giving drivers with EVs access to car pool lanes, lower toll fees, preferential parking, and reduced charging prices at off-peak times.  They also said that, should fuel-cell cars become widely available, they would support the expansion of hydrogen fueling stations as well.

The states involved in the EV push, California, Connecticut, Maryland, Massachusetts, New York, Oregon, Rhode Island, and Vermont, represent more than a quarter of the car sales in the U.S.  The ultimate goal of the coalition is to increase the number of zero-emission vehicles on the road by at least 3.3 million by the year 2025.

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