3.3 Million Electric Vehicles On US Roads By 2025!

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Zero Emmission Vehicles (ZEV’s) to be 15% of US Market by 2025.

With Electric Vehicle sales racing ahead world wide, 8 US states have signed a landmark agreement to promote, assist and develop Zero Emission Vehicles as quickly as possible with a view to quickly replacing the current fossil fuel burning fleets and reducing emissions, climate change and global warming.

Comsumers everywhere are voting with their hearts and minds - and their wallets. Electric Vehicles are selling out faster than they can be produced (recent sell out on a popular Fiat model, even before it was released, as an example) and long order wait times for the pouplar Tesla Model S prove that the time for ZEV's (electric, plus-ins or hydrogen fuel cell vehicles is not just coming. Its already here!

US auto manufacturers better revise their business models fast, or they will get left behind with outdated petrol driven models that nobody wants.

This time the oil lobby will be powerless tp prevent the Tsunami wave of consumer sentiment that is going to bury fossil fuels once and for all. You might be able to buy off a few hundred politicians in order to perpetuate power and market dominance, but how will they be able to do that with 200 million consumers?

US auto companies better quickly work out which side their bread is buttered on and desert the oil lobby and jump on the consumer bad wagon fast.

Failure to do so will see them as dead as the dinsosaurs they are currently emulating.

The following article first appeared in Cleantechnica and was reproduced by "the energy collective". Reproduced with attribution.

"Forget President Obama’s infamous goal of 1 million electric vehicles on the road by 2015 – how about 3.3 million zero-emission vehicles by 2025?

It may sound unlikely considering just 165,000 ZEVs are currently on US roads, but the governors of eight states signed an agreement to do just that, putting the pedal to the metal in America’s acceleration toward a clean transportation future.

Their plan centers on alleviating range anxiety for electric vehicles by building out charging stations and educating consumers about the technology while driving costs down through fleet purchases and favorable utility rates for EV charging. If successful, ZEVs would jump to 15% of new vehicle sales in the signatory states.

Policy Shift Puts Electric Vehicles In The Fast Lane

The eight states – California, Connecticut, Maryland, Massachusetts, New York, Oregon, Rhode Island, and Vermont – know a thing or two about clean transportation policy. They’re already among America’s top clean tech markets, have some of the highest EV penetration rates in the US, are home to 6,700 public EV charging stations, and represent 23% of the US car market.

“This is not just an agreement, but a serious and profoundly important commitment,” said California Governor Jerry Brown. “From coast to coast, we’re charging ahead to get millions of the world’s cleanest vehicles on our roads.”
Five specific policy steps form the backbone of today’s announcement:
• Harmonizing building codes to expedite installation of new EV charging stations
• Assess and develop deployment strategies and requirements to commercialize hydrogen fuel cell vehicles
• Set ZEV purchase targets for government fleets and report back on acquisitions against those targets
• Establish favorable electricity rates for residential EV charging systems
• Develop uniform consumer acceptance and awareness tactics like universal signage, interoperability and common payment methods for EV charging, preferential parking, and HOV lane access

The ZEV goal includes battery-electric vehicles, plug-in hybrid electric vehicles, and hydrogen fuel cell vehicles; and will be applied to passenger cars, trucks, and mass transit buses.

American Consumer And Automaker Benefits

Today’s announcement was backed up by a Consumer Federation of America (CFA) white paper, which asserted the collective policy actions would tap consumer demand to put millions of cleaner cars on US roads while boosting American economic competitiveness.
CFA’s white paper focuses on the fast growth of EV sales compared to the initial deployment of hybrids, and the number of available EV models and consumer acceptance are both higher than when hybrids made their debut.

electric vehicles sales growth in USA


EV-Hybrid Adoption Rate Graph via Consumer Federation of America

Considering US EV sales tripled from 2011 to 2012 while the global EV market is projected to grow 10 times as quickly as the total light-duty vehicle market over the next decade, CFA says investing in the EV market is an economic imperative for US automakers.

“US automakers failed to ride the wave of the hybrid revolution in the 1990s and that failure proved to be a costly one,” said Mark Cooper of CFA. “Americans want cars that protect their pocketbooks from volatile gasoline costs – ZEVs do just that and this ZEV program will give US automakers a leg up in their most important market.”






Allan Barker

October 27th 2013



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