Thursday, October 24, 2013

Eight States Promise to Clear Way For More Zero-Emission Cars

Posted By on Thu, Oct 24, 2013 at 10:30 AM

Idaho is not one of eight states that agreed this morning to pledge that 3.3 million zero-emission vehicles would be on their roadways by 2025.

Oregon joined California, Connecticut, Maryland, Massachusetts, New York, Oregon, Rhode Island and Vermont in signing a memorandum of understanding that would increase infrastructure and make other changes to help increase the number of electric cars, plug-in hybrids and hydrogen fuel-cell electric vehicles.

The eight states represent approximately 23 percent of the United States auto market.

California has already adopted its own mandate calling for a total of 1.5 million zero-emission vehicles on its state's roads. It's an uphill climb: Currently, plug-in hybrids and electric vehicles make up less than 2 percent of the auto market.

Currently, there are 16 zero-emission vehicles being manufactured by eight car companies: nine that run on batteries alone, two that run on hydrogen fuel cells and five plug-in hybrid models, which run on battery or gasoline.

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