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Multi-state effort to put 3.3 million zero-emission vehicles on road by 2025

California joins a multi-state effort to curb air pollution and get more zero-emission vehicles on the road.

October 24, 2013 12:00:00 AM PDT
California joins a multi-state effort to curb air pollution and get more zero-emission vehicles on the road. The campaign's goals are lofty, but officials say the health of millions of Americans is on the line.

One of the concerns for some people who buy electric vehicles is, Where do you plug in if you run out of electricity? Now California and several other states are trying to make it easier and are encouraging people to buy zero-emission vehicles.

The plan is to put 3.3 million zero-emission vehicles on the road in the next 12 years. Thursday in Sacramento eight states made a commitment to make it easier for people who buy electric cars.

Under the memorandum of understanding (MOU), the states agree to add more zero-emission vehicles to public fleets. They would also change building codes to make it easier to install electric-vehicle charging stations.

California has nearly 34,000 electric vehicles and more than 5,000 charging stations. New York has nearly 4,000 cars and only 649 charging stations. Oregon has about 1,500 vehicles and 913 charging stations.

The Alliance of Automobile manufacturers says: "California has made tremendous commitments to support zero-emission vehicles, from incentives to infrastructure and more. These are things that haven't yet been made to the same degree in other states. We're hopeful that the MOU can reduce the gap for ZEV technology."

Zero-emission vehicles include battery-electric vehicles, plug-in hybrid-electric vehicles, and hydrogen fuel-cell-electric vehicles. These technologies can be used in passenger cars, trucks and transit buses, according to a statement issued by the governors of California, Connecticut, Maryland, Massachusetts, New York, Oregon, Rhode Island and Vermont.


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