California's Governor Jerry Brown joined the governors of seven other states and announced today a groundbreaking initiative to put 3.3 million zero-emission vehicles (ZEV) on the roads by 2035. The governors hope to expand consumer awareness and demand for ZEVs.
If successful, Bakersfield and the San Joaquin Valley may see ever growing numbers of ZEVs and electric charging stations, not to mention cleaner air in one of the dirtier air basins in the country. The use of ZEVs is expected to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, improve air quality and health, enhance energy diversity, save consumers money, and promote economic growth.
ZEVs 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. In this agreement, the governors identify specific actions they will promote within their states and joint cooperative actions their states will undertake to help build a robust national market for electric and hydrogen-powered cars.
The governors agreed to develop an action plan that will incorporate the following:
- 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 eight states represent more than 23 percent of the U.S car market and, along with other states, have rules in place that will require 15 percent of new vehicles sold to be ZEVs by 2025.
"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."
“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.”
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