States Take The Wheel Promoting Electric Vehicles

Pam Frank, CEO of ChargEVC, drives a bright Orange Chevrolet Bolt because she wants others to notice its an electric car. As the federal government takes a back seat in promoting electric vehicles some states, such as New Jersey, are taking the wheel. There are nearly 1.5 million electric vehicles on U.S. roads today, according to the Edison Electric Institute . EV boosters concerned about climate change want even more and they say governments should help speed the transition away from internal combustion cars. New Jersey passed an ambitious law in January aimed at having 330,000 electric cars on state roads by the end of 2025. And by 2040 New Jersey wants 85% of cars sold in the state to be electric. N.J. Gov. Phil Murphy says the law is part of his state’s goal of reaching 100 percent clean energy by 2050. The law includes up to $300 million in rebates over 10 years to electric vehicle buyers. "And it’s not just any old rebate. It’s ‘cash on the hood’ rebate. You walk into a dealer, there’s a car that’s $35,000, that car’s $30,000 to you," says Pam Frank, CEO of the group ChargEVC , which includes utilities, […]

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