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 Thursday, October 24, 2013

Consumers Union Applauds Multi-State Effort to Put Millions of Zero Emission Vehicles on the Road

The governors of eight states today announced an innovative new push to reduce vehicle emissions and advance the presence of zero emission vehicles and the infrastructure to support them. Representatives from California, Connecticut, Maryland, Massachusetts, New York, Oregon, Rhode Island and Vermont unveiled a plan to collectively put 3.3 million zero emission vehicles on the road by 2025 and develop fueling stations to keep them running.

Consumers Union, the policy and advocacy division of Consumer Reports, applauded the move to lower fossil fuel consumption and vehicle emissions.

“Consumer Reports surveys have shown that fuel efficiency is at the forefront of consumers’ minds when they are purchasing a vehicle and that consumer interest in alternative-fuel vehicles is strong.  From a practical perspective, electric vehicles mean consumers can save thousands of dollars on fuel over the life of the vehicle. But the benefits of zero emission vehicles go beyond individual fuel cost savings and can benefit communities by contributing to cleaner air and efforts to fight climate change,” said Shannon Baker-Branstetter, policy counsel for Consumers Union. “We applaud the leadership shown by these states in advancing a future with lower vehicle emissions and the infrastructure to support a growing consumer interest in zero emission vehicles.”

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Contact:  David Butler, dbutler@consumer.org, or Kara Kelber, kkelber@consumer.org202-462-6262