CUOMO REPORTS MULTI-STATE PLAN TO BOOST ZERO-EMISSION VEHICLES

(The following is a reformatted version of a press release
issued by the Office of the Governor of New York and received
via electronic mail. The release was confirmed by the sender.) 
May 29, 2014 
GOVERNOR CUOMO ANNOUNCES MULTI-STATE PLAN TO INCREASE THE NUMBER
OF ZERO-EMISSION VEHICLES IN THE U.S. 
Builds on New York Initiatives to Promote Clean Vehicles 
Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced that New York and seven
other states have agreed on a plan to dramatically increase the
number of clean vehicles being driven by consumers. Under the
Multi-State Zero-Emission Vehicles (ZEV) Action Plan, the states
set a goal to have 3.3 million zero-emission vehicles on U.S.
roads by 2025. 
“New York is committed to putting clean vehicles on the road to
reduce harmful emissions and build a vibrant clean energy
economy,” Governor Cuomo said. “The coalition of states
participating in the multi-state ZEV Action Plan is vital to
creating the infrastructure needed for our nation to achieve
energy diversity, reduce pollution and create jobs. New York has
been a leader in taking action to cut harmful air emissions and
combat climate change through programs like Charge NY and will
continue to work with public and private partners to ensure a
cleaner, greener, and safe state for future generations.” 
The Multi-State ZEV Action Plan
(http://www.nescaum.org/topics/zero-emission-vehicles) builds on
work undertaken by the eight partner states: California,
Connecticut, Maryland, Massachusetts, New York, Oregon, Rhode
Island, and Vermont. Because more than 25 percent of new car
sales in the U.S. occur in these eight states, a collaborative
effort provides an opportunity to promote clean vehicle
innovation. 
The Multi-State ZEV Action Plan establishes primary goals for
clean vehicles, including: 
-     Building a ZEV market by planning and investing in critical
infrastructure like fueling stations; encouraging private fleets
to acquire ZEVs; and increasing the number of ZEVs used by
government agencies; 
-     Setting uniform rules among states to remove barriers to
installing charging stations; tracking and reporting progress
toward the goal of having 3.3 million ZEVs on the road by 2025;
and promoting clear and uniform road signs to make driving ZEVs
easier; and 
-     Developing a better ZEV experience and promoting consumer
use by supporting workplace charging stations; providing
consumer incentives for ZEV purchases; removing barriers to
retail sale of electricity as vehicle fuel; and promoting access
and compatibility for charging networks. 
State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC)
Commissioner Joe Martens said, “New York’s commitment to put
more zero-emission vehicles on the road is an important
component of an overall strategy to reduce air pollution, and
combat climate change. Governor Cuomo has developed new programs
that break down barriers that have made it difficult for people
to drive cleaner vehicles. DEC looks forward to working with
partner states and agencies, industry, consumer groups and other
stakeholders to promote low- and zero-emission transportation.” 
New York State Energy Research and Development Authority
(NYSERDA) President and CEO John B. Rhodes stated,
““Transportation sector initiatives like Charge NY and the ZEV
Action Plan are a focus of Governor Cuomo and critical
priorities for NYSERDA. They are key elements of larger effort
by the State to build an infrastructure that will encourage and
promote the use of zero-emission transportation. This plan will
yield economic, environmental and health benefits across New
York.” 
In his 2013 State of the State Address, Governor Cuomo unveiled
Charge NY, an initiative to create a statewide network of up to
3,000 public and workplace charging stations over the next five
years and to have up to 40,000 plug-in vehicles on the road in
that time period. Since Charge NY was launched, nearly 400
electric vehicle stations have been added to now total
approximately 900 electric vehicle charging stations across the
State., More than 8,000 electric vehicles are operating in the
state, which is an increase from 5,500 when Charge NY began. 
Governor Cuomo’s Administration has taken a number of important
steps to encourage the use of electric vehicles in New York,
including: 
-     A $50 million pledge to stimulate demand for electric
vehicles and investment in infrastructure over the next five
years; 
-     Funding through NYSERDA and NYPA to install 900 new
charging stations across the state; 
-     A 50 percent tax credit, up to $5,000, for installing a
public or workplace charging station; 
-     The New York Electric Truck Voucher Incentive Program,
which provides up to $60,000 per vehicle toward the purchase of
an all-electric truck or bus; 
-     $2 million for research and demonstration projects related
to electric vehicles, including technologies and strategies that
can integrate electric vehicles into the electric grid, enable
long-distance EV travel and ease financial and regulatory
obstacles; 
-     A comprehensive review by the Public Service Commission of
the State’s electric regulations and policies to support the
expansion of New York’s market for electric and plug-in hybrid
vehicles, including metering and rates and whether modifications
are needed to the electric grid to support electric vehicles. 
With this latest initiative, New York’s role as a leader and
first mover in shaping the future of energy remains firmly in
place. By developing innovative market solutions, the State is
delivering on Governor Cuomo’s commitment to transform the
energy industry into a more resilient, clean, cost-effective and
dynamic system. Working with State, citizen and industry-stakeholders, the way of doing business in New York is moving to
a more market-based, decentralized approach. This means
preserving the environment, decreasing energy costs, and
creating opportunities for economic growth for current and
future generations of New Yorkers. In advancing these new energy
systems and solutions, New Yorkers will have improved energy
affordability and efficiency without sacrificing the ability to
live in a cleaner, resilient and more sustainable environment. 
Quotes from the governors of the other participating states: 
“This collaborative effort is an important step forward to
ensure the success of our zero-emission vehicle programs.
Transitioning our light duty transportation fleet to zero-emission vehicles is essential if we are to achieve our long
term air quality and climate goals,” said Maryland Governor
Martin O’Malley. “Implementation of the action plan will support
the arrival of more than 3 million zero-emission vehicles in our
states by 2025 and serve as a roadmap for a healthier, more
sustainable transportation sector on both coasts. ” 
“The multi-state ZEV group now has an action plan to guide us
through development and deployment of zero-emission vehicle
infrastructure on both coasts,” said Governor Peter Shumlin.
“This plan is critical to meeting Vermont’s greenhouse gas
reduction goals and implementing our state energy plan.
Moreover, building a robust market for these ultra clean and
efficient vehicles, and developing recharging stations and other
infrastructure that supports them, will make Vermont and our
nation more prosperous by saving drivers money on transportation
costs, encouraging economic growth, and reducing motor vehicle
pollution impacts on public health and the environment.” 
“This plan is a triple ‘win’ for participating states because it
brings energy, environmental, and economic benefits,” said
Connecticut Governor Dannel P. Malloy. “Under the blueprint
provided in this plan we will continue with our efforts to
provide a convenient network of charging stations for Electric
Vehicles (EVS), add EVs and fuel cell vehicles to the state’s
fleet, and build out the hydrogen infrastructure needed for fuel
cell vehicles expected to be available for the 2015 model year.” 
“Today, we’re putting a foot on the pedal to get more clean cars
on the road,” said California Governor Edmund G. Brown, Jr.
“This is real action to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.” 
“This plan provides concrete steps states can take toward the
common goal of reducing our dependence on foreign oil and
protecting our environment,” said Governor Lincoln D. Chafee.
“Rhode Island will clearly benefit environmentally and
economically from development of a successful market for zero-emission vehicles and guaranteeing that our residents can use
those vehicles throughout the Northeast.” 
“Putting 3.3 million ZEVs on the roads of Oregon and our partner
states in the next 11 years requires both collaboration and
action,” said Governor John Kitzhaber. “We’ve taken significant
steps in Oregon to accelerate EV adoption, including public-private initiatives like the West Coast Electric Highway and the
designation of a statewide EV officer. This action plan gives
Oregon and other partner states specific next steps to not only
build on and expand current efforts, but to see them through.” 
Additional news available at www.governor.ny.gov
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