Author: Lanie Meyers

As of May 16th, 12 states in the Northeast including Massachusetts have signed on to California’s Zero Emissions Vehicle Program that sets up a framework of infrastructure growth to build a network of electric vehicle charging stations throughout the region. The top two barriers of purchase for potential electric vehicle consumers in the Northeast, according to the report, are concern for “the availability of charging locations and the time to recharge.” Northeastern states are therefore taking action in conjunction with Electrify America to increase access to charging stations. The agreement put in place through the year 2021 will hopefully give drivers the confidence in their access to recharging that they need to purchase EVs and expand the EV market.

Americans living in the Northeast seldom travel solely in their home-state, and lawmakers realize that providing access to EV charging stations throughout the entire region and across state borders is necessary to foster the kind of EV market growth they envision. With the ability to drive from Maine to Virginia without fear of not finding another charging station in time to refuel, the states will have successfully broken down the largest barrier to EV market penetration. In addition to the states’ participation, Electrify America will be providing $1.2 billion in charging infrastructure in states other than California over the next few years, and individual states have discretion over how and where the money is spent.

A campaign with the slogan Drive Change. Drive Electric. will be launched “to increase consumer awareness, interest, and acceptance of EVs in the Northeast” and involve the driving population at large. Further financial and written agreements will be signed in the near future to facilitate this robust change and keep states accountable as the plan launches within the next year.

For more information, visit https://www.greencarreports.com/news/1116761_northeast-states-band-together-to-direct-charging-infrastructure or read the Northeast Corridor Regional Strategy for Electric Vehicle Chargining Infrastructure 2018-2019.