States Join Up to Promote Electric Vehicles

A coalition of eight states has teamed up to increase sales of electric cars. The group is adopting various supporting measures, including installing more charging stations, changing building codes to make it easier to own an electric car, and buying EVs for their fleets. Their goal is to achieve sales of over three million vehicles that do not have any emissions by 2025. The coalition—California, Connecticut, Maryland, Massachusetts, New York, Oregon, Rhode Island and Vermont—represents more than a quarter of the national car market. It is also almost the same group that formed in the 1990s to establish tighter emissions limits on gasoline-powered cars, standards later adopted by the federal government. In the absence of any comprehensive national energy policy, let’s hope that this state-driven initiative takes the same path toward defining a federal strategy.

John Howell, Editorial Director