California and Seven other states to add 3.3 million zero-emission vehicles by 2025

California and Seven other states to add 3.3 million zero-emission vehicles by 2025

Determined to cut carbon emissions, California on Thursday joined Oregon and six other states in announcing a set of joint steps planned to introduce more than 3 million environment-friendly vehicles by the year of 2025.

The eight states announced that they would add at least 3.3 million electric, plug-in hybrid and fuel-cell vehicles to their roads by the year of 2025.

Apart from California and Oregon, other states involved in the effort are: Connecticut, New York, Vermont, Maryland, Massachusetts and Rhode Island. All these states expressed their commitment to purchasing large numbers of environment-friendly vehicles for their government fleets and building electric/hydrogen stations for such vehicles.

Mary Nichols, chairperson of the California Air Resources Board, said the government wanted zero-emission vehicles to succeed and there were tools that could be deployed to help them succeed.

Speaking on the topic, she said, "We see the companies building excellent electric cars and bringing them to market. We want those cars to succeed. We want them to make money. And there are tools we can deploy to help them be a success."

High prices and lower performance of zero-emission vehicles have so far discouraged many consumers to buy these environment-friendly vehicles. Nevertheless, Americans last year bought nearly 96,000 electric cars and plug-in hybrids, and California alone accounted for one third of all those purchases.

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