Eight U.S. states just formed an alliance to drastically cut emissions by boosting the number of zero-emission vehicles on the road to 3.3 million by 2025. The multi-state ZEV Action Plan was launched by California, Connecticut, Maryland, Massachusetts, New York, Oregon, Rhode Island and Vermont. Together the eight states account for about 28 percent of the total vehicle sales in the United States.

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Currently there are about 200,000 electric cars, plug-in hybrids and hydrogen fuel cell vehicles on the road, and about half of those are in the eight states that are part of the ZEV Action Plan.

“Today, we’re putting a foot on the pedal to get more clean cars on the road,” said California Governor Jerry Brown. “This is real action to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.” The ZEV Action Plan includes 11 key actions that will be required by all eight states. The list includes items like promoting the sale of zero-emission vehicles, removing barriers to charging station installations, providing more consumer incentives and promoting workplace charging.

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“The multi-state ZEV group now has an action plan to guide us through the development and deployment of zero emission vehicle infrastructure on both coasts,” said Vermont Governor Peter Shumlin. “Building a robust market for these ultra clean and efficient vehicles, and developing recharging stations and other infrastructure that supports them, will make Vermont and our nation more prosperous by saving drivers money on transportation costs, encouraging economic growth, and reducing motor vehicle pollution impacts on public health and the environment.”