Multi-State Zero Emission Vehicle Action Plan
Governors of the states of California, Maryland, Massachusetts, New York, Vermont, and Rhode Island came together to sign a memorandum of understanding (MOU) in order to create a coordinated action plan that would facilitate the implementation of zero-emission vehicle (ZEV) programs in their respective states, on October 24th, 2013.
The Main Objective
The Multi-state ZEV Action Plan created under this MOU covers vehicles such as pure battery electric, plug-in hybrids, and hydrogen fuel cell electric vehicles. Their collective aim is to ensure that there are at least 3.3 million ZEVs in full operation on the roads of these states by 2025.
The Multi-state ZEV Action Plan elaborates and fleshes out the commitments made in the MOU. It includes 11 key actions that the representatives of the states have agreed upon. By following this action plan, a complete overhaul of the current scenario in terms of ZEV usage is hoped for.
Goals to be Realized
The action plan acknowledges the need to make plug-in electric vehicle models more available in these states and effectively sell these products with appropriate marketing strategies. Other actions that are included in the plan speak about providing consumers of ZEVs with adequate incentives to improve their ownership experience, increasing the number of ZEVs used in public fleets while motivating private fleets to purchase the same, promoting the ZEV infrastructure needed to enable workplace charging, and encouraging investment in ZEV planning from public as well as private entities.
Impediments to Circumvent
The action plan also focuses on making it easier and more convenient for more consumers to opt for ZEVs by getting rid of hurdles such as the lack of ZEV charging stations/fuel station installments, and high plug-in electric vehicle charging rates. It also aims at improving access as well as interoperability within the electric vehicle charging network, and on removing hurdles that are in the path of retail outlets selling ZEV transportation fuels such as hydrogen and electricity.