8 states release action plan to promote clean cars

Published on NewsOK Modified: May 29, 2014 at 3:00 pm •  Published: May 29, 2014
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SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Eight states on the East and West coasts released a plan Thursday for working together to put 3.3 million zero-emission vehicles on the nation's roads by 2025.

The so-called "action plan" follows last year's memorandum of understanding announced by the governors of the states, including California and New York.

The other states in the pact are Massachusetts, Maryland, Oregon, Connecticut, Rhode Island and Vermont. The states represent about 23 percent of the U.S. auto market.

Car manufacturers applauded the action plan but said a lot of work needs to be done to meet the 3.3 million goal with zero-emission vehicles making up less than a percent of nationwide new car sales.

"Automakers have invested billions of dollars in these technologies, so we have a huge stake in selling as many as possible" said Gloria Bergquist, vice president of the Alliance of Automobile Manufacturers in Washington, which represents General Motors and 11 other carmakers.

"We still have a steep climb. But we're increasingly headed in the right direction."

The states vow to cut red tape to allow for quick construction of charging stations and other infrastructure needed to grow the market for plug-in hybrids, battery powered cars and other clean-burning vehicles.

The plan includes other measures to make the cars more attractive to consumers — like creating incentives for workplace charging stations.

"Today, we're putting a foot on the pedal to get more clean cars on the road," California Gov. Jerry Brown, said in a news release. "This is real action to reduce greenhouse gas emissions."

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