It's clear by now that putting a million EVs on the road by 2015 is but a pipe dream, but a joint project by eight states aim to make a total of 3.3 million EV sales by 2025 a more viable goal. California, Connecticut, Maryland, Massachusetts, New York, Oregon, Rhode Island and Vermont have forged a partnership to adopt measures and build infrastructures to entice more people to buy the emission-free vehicles. Mainly, they're pushing to make charging stations more accessible by, among other things, easing up on installation rules and requiring certain establishments to build chargers within their vicinities. They're also looking into implementing other incentives like off-peak charging rates and reduced tolls. 3.3 million, however, is no joke -- according to The New York Times, annual electric car sales is just around 45,000, so the group better have some serious tricks up its sleeves.
EIGHT STATES COMMIT TO 3.3 MILLION NEW ZERO EMISSION CARS AND TRUCKS BY 2025
October 24, 2013
Today the governors of eight states announced an ambitious partnership to accelerate the adoption of plug-in electric vehicles. Together, the states will develop fueling infrastructure and EV-ready building codes, purchase electric vehicles for state fleets, and expand incentives and public education programs to dramatically increase number of plug-in electric and fuel cell vehicles.
The eight states are: California, Connecticut, Maryland, Massachusetts, New York, Oregon, Rhode Island, and Vermont.
In response, Sierra Club Executive Director Michael Brune released the following statement:
"The Sierra Club applauds these eight states for leading the way nationally with this ambitious plan to slash carbon pollution by putting 3.3 million new electric and zero-emission cars and trucks on American streets. When it comes to fighting climate disruption, EVs are where the rubber hits the road.
"This announcement is possible because the president's strong new fuel economy standards have put electric vehicles in the fast lane. Sales doubled in the first half of 2013, and more models are available now than ever before. Last month, more than 35,000 people attended events in 98 cities across the country during National Plug In Day.
"Today's announcement will ensure that all new cars won't just use less gas, many won't use gas at all.
"The facts speak for themselves, EVs are cleaner and more efficient than internal combustion engines and U.S. automakers have roared back to life by betting big on efficiency and the new innovative auto technologies that Americans demand."