Automakers Urge Governors to Invest in Zero Emission Vehicles

Jun
11

The Alliance of Automobile Manufacturers (Alliance) has sent letters to the governors of the nine states following California’s Zero Emission Vehicle (ZEV) mandate encouraging them to also follow California’s lead in adopting measures that can help increase sales, including investing in infrastructure, developing consumer incentives and committing to buy ZEVs for state and local government fleets.

The states are: Connecticut, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Jersey, New York, Oregon, Rhode Island and Vermont. The letters were transmitted between May 31-June 6, 2018.

Automakers have invested substantially in zero emission vehicles, including plug-in electric and hydrogen-powered vehicles, and have a big stake in selling them in large numbers. The last thing we want to see is a zero emission vehicle sitting unsold on a dealer’s lot. We support all efforts – education, consumer incentives, more charging stations, more state fleet purchases – to get these vehicles on the road. As of June 11, there are now 58 ZEV models on sale, including 34 plug-in hybrids, 21 battery electric, and 3 hydrogen fuel cells, according to the Department of Energy’s www.FuelEconomy.gov website.

By 2021, we expect 80 models of ZEVs on sale, and action now by ZEV states are important to increase sales and help reach the ZEV target. For more information, visit the Alliance’s “Electric Vehicle Mandate” webpage.

In 2017, ZEVs represented 1.15% of total sales nationwide, or about 190,000 vehicles out of 17.1 million new vehicles sold. By 2025, under the CA mandate, sales of ZEVs are required to be 15.4% of total sales.