US states join forces to promote electric cars

The governors of California, New York and six other states have agreed to put 3.3 million so-called zero-emission vehicles on the road within twelve years, which they said will help the environment and boost the economy. Zero-emission vehicles include battery-electric vehicles, plug-in hybrid-electric vehicles and hydrogen fuel-cell electric vehicles. Electric vehicles will reduce emissions of air pollutants and greenhouse gases and also save drivers on fuel costs over time.

The states will start by harmonising building codes to make it easier to construct electric car charging stations and will consider financial incentives to promote zero-emission vehicles. The governors of Connecticut, Maryland, Massachusetts, Oregon, Rhode Island and Vermont also signed the agreement.

Source: PlanetArk, 25 October 2013

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