The governors of eight states have announced an ambitious partnership to accelerate the adoption of plug-in electric vehicles. Together, the states will develop fueling infrastructure and EV-ready building codes, purchase electric vehicles for state cars, and expand incentives and public education programs to dramatically increase number of plug-in electric vehicles and fuel cell vehicles.
The eight states are: California, Connecticut, Maryland, Massachusetts, New York, Oregon, Rhode Island and Vermont.
In response, Sierra Club Executive Director Michael Brune released the following statement:
“The Sierra Club applauds these eight states for leading the way nationally with this ambitious plan to slash carbon pollution by putting 3.3 million new plug-in electric vehicles and zero-emission cars and trucks on American streets. When it comes to fighting climate disruption, zero-emission vehicles are where the rubber hits the road.
“This announcement is possible because the president’s strong new fuel economy standards have put plug-in electric vehicles in the fast lane. Sales doubled in the first half of 2013, and more models are available now than ever before. Last month, more than 35,000 people attended events in 98 cities across the country during National Plug In Day.
“Today’s announcement will ensure that all new cars won’t just use less gas, many won’t use gas at all.
“The facts speak for themselves, plug-in electric vehicles are cleaner and more efficient than internal combustion engines. U.S. automakers have roared back to life by betting big on efficiency and zero-emission vehicles that Americans demand.”