Governors From 8 U.S. States Sign MoU to Put 3.3 Million ZEVs on the Road by 2025
Governors from 8 US state have come together to sign a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) aimed at putting 3.3 million zero-emission vehicles (ZEVs) on the road by 2025.
This initiative, referred to as groundbreaking by the California Air Resources Board (CARB), will “revolutionize the automobile market by promoting zero-emission vehicles.”
The idea is that those 8 states alone will have 3.3 million ZEVs on their roads in a dozen years.
According to the press release:
“The use of these clean vehicles will reduce greenhouse gas emissions, improve air quality and public health, enhance energy diversity, save consumers money, and promote economic growth.”
“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.”
The states include:
- New York
- Rhode Island
All of which will “identify specific actions they will promote within their states and joint cooperative actions these states will undertake to help build a robust national market for electric and hydrogen-powered cars.”
The general goals/efforts set out under the MoU include:
- Harmonize building codes to make it easier to construct new electric car charging stations
- Lead by example by including zero emission vehicles in their public fleets
- Evaluate and establish, where appropriate, financial and other incentives to promote zero emission vehicles
- Consider establishing favorable electricity rates for home charging systems; and
- Develop common standards for roadway signs and charging networks.
The 8 states will develop a detailed plan over the next 6 months.
Here’s what the governors from all 8 states had to say in connection to the signing of this historic MoU:
California: “This is not just an agreement, but a serious and profoundly important commitment,” said California Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. “From coast to coast, we’re charging ahead to get millions of the world’s cleanest vehicles on our roads.”
Connecticut: Governor Dannel P. Malloy said, “This initiative is consistent with Connecticut’s Comprehensive Energy Strategy and our focus on providing cheaper, cleaner, and more reliable power for our residents and businesses. As part of that strategy we are working in the transportation sector to encourage the use of alternative fuels and alternative vehicles. In keeping with that approach, we launched a grant program to speed construction of 200 publically available electric vehicle charging stations by early 2014 – which will end ‘range anxiety’ in our state and increase public interest in owning zero-emission vehicles.”
Maryland: “We are excited to be collaborating with other states to ensure the success of our zero-emission vehicle programs. This effort complements work already underway through the Transportation Climate Initiative, in which Maryland and other East Coast states are working to develop a robust charging station network along the I-95 corridor that will permit long-distance travel in electric cars throughout the region. The transition to these advanced technology vehicles will support our efforts to achieve our air quality and climate change goals, and will enhance energy security by reducing our dependence on foreign oil,” said Maryland Governor Martin O’Malley. “This is a critical part of our efforts to achieve Maryland’s long-term 2050 goal to reduce statewide greenhouse gas emissions 90 percent from 2006 levels.”
Massachusetts: “Increasing electric vehicles in our fleet is a critical component of our efforts in Massachusetts to address air pollution and greenhouse gas emissions from the transportation sector and grow the clean energy economy,” said Governor Deval Patrick. “Diversifying transportation fuels and providing drivers with options will help reduce vulnerability to price swings in imported oil that hurt consumers and our economy.”
New York: “This agreement is a major step forward to reducing the emissions that are causing our climate to change and unleashing the extreme weather that we are experiencing with increased frequency,” said Governor Andrew M. Cuomo. “This collaboration builds on New York’s Charge NY initiative, which is creating a statewide network of 3,000 charging stations by 2018 and will provide New Yorkers with a convenient and affordable alternative to increasingly expensive gasoline and diesel.”
Oregon: “This initiative will help states reduce transportation-related air pollution and greenhouse gas emissions, enhance energy diversity, save consumers money, and promote economic growth,” said Oregon Governor John Kitzhaber. “It also directly supports Oregon’s 10-Year Energy Action Plan and will spur innovation that helps us to meet our goals.”
Rhode Island: “Rhode Island has already started taking steps and one includes the installation of charging stations throughout the state. We are determined to develop a clean and efficient transportation infrastructure for the future,” Governor Lincoln D. Chafee said. “Through the Zero Emission Vehicle MOU, we have created a vital partnership that will reduce our reliance on imported oil, boost our economy, and save money at the pump. This is an important collaboration that works toward our common goal of protecting our environment.”
Vermont: “This collaboration is about partnerships. The signatory states and our neighbors are already coordinating to ensure a viable regional infrastructure for electric cars through programs such as the Transportation Climate Initiative in the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic region and the West Coast Electric Highway. The states are committed to working with the automakers, refueling infrastructure suppliers, the electric utilities and other partners to ensure the success of zero-emission vehicle programs from all of our perspectives,” said Vermont Governor Peter Shumlin.
Follow this PDF link for more on what the signing of this MoU means for the future promotion/adoption of ZEVs.