New York and California have joined with 6 other states including Connecticut, Vermont, Massachusetts, Rhode Island, Maryland and Oregon vowing to work together to put 3.3 million green cars on the roads there by 2025. According to the DOT, that goal is “15 times as many zero-emission vehicles projected to be in use throughout the entire country within two years from now.”
While the pact signed yesterday does not require any of the above to commit specific amounts of money to speed the construction of charging stations for electric and hybrid vehicles, not to mention ifrastructual improvements, each has already launched programs meant to encourage increased sales of zero-emission cars and trucks. For instance, Massachusetts currently pays incentives up to $7,500 per municipalities that buy electric cars, and up to $15,000 for the construction of each charging station, while New York has announced plans to add a network of approximately 3,000 charging stations throughout the state within the next five years.
Up intil now, many dealers claim that the lack of such stations has hindered sales among motorists afraid of being stranded with dead batteries.
“The idea is to make it easier for customers to operate and use zero-emission vehicles. This joint agreement will also help pave the way for success of the auto industry,” stated California Air Resources Board chairwoman Mary Nichols. She also noted that her state already “leads the nation in zero emission vehicle sales, with more than 33,000 sold through June 30.” In addition, California has committed an extra $59.55 million for nearly 29,000 rebates through mid-2014, as well as dedicated $20 million annually through 2024 or until 100 hydrogen stations are built, whichever comes first.”