Calif. Joins Other States In Initiative To Boost Electric Cars

Almost every major car manufacturer has come out with a line of electric cars, as concerns regarding climate change and the cost of gas become prominent in the minds of American citizens. California has now joined a multi-state initiative to promote the use of electric cars by pledging to get 3.3 million zero-emission automobiles on the road by 2025.

While ambitious, this initiative is surely one of the most important domestic efforts to curb the release of greenhouse gases. The governor of California has now joined those of New York, Massachusetts, Maryland, Oregon, Connecticut, Rhode Island and Vermont in making the pledge.

The Pledge

As part of the pledge, the governors are working to support electric car manufacturers by making it easier for manufacturing facilities to be built. Changing the current building regulations will allow these companies to manufacture more cars while also making it easier for charging centers to be built.

Since these cars rely on electricity to run, the current cost of home electricity has prevented many buyers from actually purchasing a zero-emission car. The governors will work with electricity providers to try and lower costs for people with electric cars, as home charging stations can significantly raise a person's electric bill.

"We think that is going to be necessary for some of the range anxiety and other acceptance barriers that need to be broken down," said Brian Maas, president of the California New Car Dealers Association. "The cars are coming -- they're here already -- but if you don't have a place to charge them, there's not going to be the level of consumer acceptance."

New Mandates

The adoption rate for electric cars has been promising but has only resulted in zero-emission cars making up 2 percent of the market. Therefore, this type of initiative from state governments should be the key to...

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