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Plan To Put Over 3 Million ZEV’s On U.S. Roads
Eight states, including Oregon, have announced the creation of a collaborative “Multi-State ZEV Action Plan” that will guide efforts to put 3.3 million Zero Emission Vehicles on the roads by 2025. Oregon, California, Connecticut, Maryland, Massachusetts, New York, Rhode Island and Vermont created the first milestone for the bi-coastal collaboration aimed at paving the way for the cleanest cars in the nation – ZEVs. According to www.oregon.gov, the plan focuses on infrastructure, policies, standards and other components critical for the success of a growing market.
“Putting 3.3 million ZEVs on the roads of Oregon and our partner states in the next 11 years requires both collaboration and action,” said Governor John Kitzhaber. “We’ve taken significant steps in Oregon to accelerate EV adoption, including public-private initiatives like the West Coast Electric Highway and the designation of a statewide EV officer. This action plan gives Oregon and other partner states specific next steps to not only build on and expand current efforts, but to see them through.”
The governors of the eight states began this latest collaboration with the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding on October 24th, 2013. The ultimate goal is to reduce greenhouse gas and smog-causing emissions by transforming the transportation sector over the next 11 years. Since the MOU signing, state regulators, the auto industry and infrastructure developers and other stakeholders have shared information and best practices to help move the effort forward.