New York and Vermont are part of a multi-state plan to increase the number of zero-emission vehicles in the United States.
A press release says under the Mult-State Zero-Emission Cehicles (ZEV) Action Plan, the states have a goal to have 3.3 million zero-emission vehicles on the road by 2025.
The following are also taking part in the plan: California, Connecticut, Maryland, Massachusetts, Oregon, and Rhode Island.
“New York is committed to putting clean vehicles on the road to reduce harmful emissions and build a vibrant clean energy economy,” New York Governor Andrew Cuomo said. “The coalition of states participating in the multi-state ZEV Action Plan is vital to creating the infrastructure needed for our nation to achieve energy diversity, reduce pollution and create jobs. New York has been a leader in taking action to cut harmful air emissions and combat climate change through programs like Charge NY and will continue to work with public and private partners to ensure a cleaner, greener, and safe state for future generations.”
A press release says that because more than 25 percent of new car sales in the U.S. occur in those eight states, a collaborative effort provides an opportunity to promote clean vehicle innovation.
"The multi-state ZEV group now has an action plan to guide us through development and deployment of zero-emission vehicle infrastructure on both coasts,” said Vermont Governor Peter Shumlin. “This plan is critical to meeting Vermont’s greenhouse gas reduction goals and implementing our state energy plan. Moreover, building a robust market for these ultra clean and efficient vehicles, and developing recharging stations and other infrastructure that supports them, will make Vermont and our nation more prosperous by saving drivers money on transportation costs, encouraging economic growth, and reducing motor vehicle pollution impacts on public health and the environment.”
The Multi-State ZEV Action Plan establishes primary goals for clean vehicles, including:
- Building a ZEV market by planning and investing in critical infrastructure like fueling stations; encouraging private fleets to acquire ZEVs; and increasing the number of ZEVs used by government agencies;
- Setting uniform rules among states to remove barriers to installing charging stations; tracking and reporting progress toward the goal of having 3.3 million ZEVs on the road by 2025; and promoting clear and uniform road signs to make driving ZEVs easier; and
- Developing a better ZEV experience and promoting consumer use by supporting workplace charging stations; providing consumer incentives for ZEV purchases; removing barriers to retail sale of electricity as vehicle fuel; and promoting access and compatibility for charging networks.