Yesterday, the New England Motor Press Association (NEMPA) held its annual Technology Conference at MIT’s Media Lab. The conference served as kind of a report card on Green Vehicle Technology, and where we are in terms of getting people to adopt these new technologies as their daily drivers. If you live in one of four New England states, here’s something you probably didn’t know: Your governors have signed on to a Memorandum of Understanding that commits the states to foster an environment that is supposed to make it possible for 15% of the new car fleet to emit zero emissions by 2025.
The challenge right now is that Massachusetts, Rhode Island, Connecticut and Vermont sell nowhere near that number.
States are lagging behind in developing programs that promote access to charging stations, financial incentives to adopt battery electric vehicles or fuel cell cars, and even adopting ZEVs as part of their own governmental fleets.
Massachusetts alone committed to sell 330,000 ZEVs just ten years from now. Right now, the state has just over 1,700 ZEVs registered, and the pace of those sales slowed the minute fuel prices dipped last year.
Take a look at the infographic and let us know if you think your state is doing enough to promote these vehicles.