Eight states have made an agreement to put 3.3 million plug-in hybrid cars, electric vehicles and hydrogen-powered fuel-cell cars on U.S. roads by 2025.
Representatives from California, Connecticut, Maryland, Massachusetts, New York, Oregon, Rhode Island and Vermont held a press conference in Sacramento, Calif., earlier this week to announce that they have agreed to accelerate the process to get zero-emission passenger cars, trucks and transit buses on the road in these states. The states plan to work together to create a fueling infrastructure, create EV-ready building codes, buy electric cars for state vehicle fleets and expand state incentives and public education programs to increase consumer purchases of these types of cars.
The Consumer Federation of America, an association of nearly 300 nonprofit consumer groups, also participated in the press conference. It released a study that said that American consumers want more zero-emissions vehicles because they will "protect their pocketbooks from volatile gasoline costs," said Mark Cooper, director of research for CFA.
The announcement also was lauded by the Sierra Club, whose members say that plug-in hybrids, electric cars and fuel-cell vehicles are key to fighting climate change.
Sierra Club Executive Director Michael Brune said in a statement, "Today's announcement will ensure that all new cars won't just use less gas, many won't use gas at all.… 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."
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Tara Baukus Mello writes the cars blog as well as the weekly Driving for Dollars column, providing both practical financial advice for consumers as well as insight into the latest developments in the automotive world. Follow her on Facebook here or on Twitter: @SheDrives.