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3.3M plug-in, electric cars by 2025

By Tara Baukus Mello ·
Saturday, October 26, 2013
Posted: 6 am ET

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."

Are you considering a purchase of an EV or a hybrid car?

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.

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October 29, 2013 at 12:10 pm

I am considering a hybrid so I can re-charge the electic part via portable Solar Panels..

Ernest Schaedlich
October 29, 2013 at 11:46 am

Electric cars will be fine as soon as the politions figure out how to make money on them. Big oil co. have to make all the money they can before the oil runs out also its the same kind of thinking as a dentist they will fight with you not to pull out all your teeth so they won,t go broke they want you to keep your teeth no matter how bad they get it makes them money!

October 29, 2013 at 11:32 am

Another Volt owner here. It is the future and quite frankly the argument that the grid will not support them is a false cry. If the grid is that frail does no one think it is time to FIX IT. Wait, better idea, let's dump all this technology that uses it, like AC, and refrigerators, and big screen TVs. The Volt allows me to program in what time I want it to charge itself and some of the newer chargers can even be tied into the grid to take advantage of the lower demand times ( and rates ).

America, quit finding excuses and move forward, unless you like sending your money to Saudi Arabia and the Oil Barons.

Don’t Be Decieved
October 29, 2013 at 10:35 am

Your saving the world and saving money is coming to an end when and I emphasize when the Government taxes you for owning a non gasoline car. Seem's their missing out on the gas tax money and want it back via more taxes to you for trying to be more eco friendly. Plus your eco friendly car cost about 30 to 40 percent more to own than the conventional gas version. So who's kidding who, you can pay the dealer and you get to be taxed a little more by our Government, all for being frugal and environmentally aware.

Mr. Goodwrench
October 29, 2013 at 8:42 am

Elect cars are/were a great idea, but when the temp is high out and every1 has their A/C on, if the power dosesn't go out, what do you think is going to happen to our outdated power grid when millions of elect cars get plugged in? Major black outs!!! I'm an Engineer at GM and also Master ASE Certified Technician,and love my big V8 trucks and cars that last 10-15-20-30 years and get 20mpg max, the rumble is gone w/ elect veh, so is total reliability....

October 29, 2013 at 7:33 am

I'm just wondering how long is one of those batteries going to last and how much is it goingto cost to replace a set of batteries?

October 29, 2013 at 6:45 am

Have nothing against ele. cars but reality kicks in at 3:00 in the afternoon on a hot balmy day when the temp. reaches 100* and rolling brownouts are the norm. Now we come home from work and we are going to plug 3.3 million cars into the grid. Somehow that doesn't compute. Could be Govenor Brown, "moon beam" will declare any day over 95* a state holiday. Wouldn't effect much since only about 20% of the residents are working anyhow. But wait, the Sierra Club could put their stamp of approval on the construction of more nuclear power plants. Ya that's likley, or mabye build some more dams up in the sierra. Folks, my point is that there will never be enough locally generated ele. availiable for 3.3 million cars. And, electric car owners should have to report anual mileage and pay a road tax based on use. Not at all equitable to non ele. veh. owners to absorbe those costs. Just my rant.....

Jim Francis
October 28, 2013 at 6:59 pm

While reducing the use of fossil fuels is desirable, don't overlook the law of unintended consequences. Since most of the funding for road building and repairs comes from fuel taxes, the reduction of fuel usage also means a reduction of road money. Some long planned road projects in Michigan are now listed as "when funding becomes available". Electric cars don't pay towards the costs of the roads they use. Does that seem fair?

Rob Carr
October 28, 2013 at 4:40 pm

Your VOLT cost Tax Payers MORE than it cost you! As for the article, it will not happen. BTW...I own an electric vehicle too.

jay oswlad
October 28, 2013 at 3:40 pm

i do own an electric vehicle, best move i ever made. cost almost nothing to drive, is very fast, clean and quiet. LOVE MY VOLT!!!

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