Automakers, states meet with EPA to discuss ZEV requirements

Automakers, states meet with EPA to discuss ZEV requirements

The eight states that recently passed requirements for zero-emission vehicles (ZEVs) met last week with automaker associations, the Environmental Protection Agency and the California Air Resources Board to discuss the new requirements.

A week earlier, governors from eight states including Maryland signed a joint agreement to get 3.3 million ZEVs on the road by 2025. California had previously announced a similar proposal. The eight-state agreement pledged to create incentives for EVs where appropriate. They agreed to harmonize building codes to make it easier to build new electric vehicle charging stations and to consider creating favorable electricity rates for home charging systems. The states said they will create an action plan in the next six months.

Gloria Bergquist, a spokeswoman for the Alliance of Automobile Manufacturers, told the Detroit News that states can help propel EV sales.

Automakers have a big stake in selling our electric vehicles in large numbers, and state incentives and investments in infrastructure can be the difference between a vehicle sitting on a dealer lot or being purchased, Bergquist said, according to the News.

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