Former Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick had a goal to get 300,000 plug-ins vehicles on the state's roads by 2025. That might prove to be a tad ambitious, but it doesn't mean the Bay State will stop trying. In fact, Massachusetts just announced it is funding another $2 million for the Massachusetts Offers Rebates for Electric Vehicles (MOR-EV) program, which gives up to $2,500 to people who buy or lease electric vehicles. The program is part of a broader effort to cut the state's transportation-based greenhouse-gas emissions by 7.6 percent by the end of the decade.

The program was launched about a year ago, and the state says it has resulted in the sale of more than 700 plug-in vehicles, fuel-cell vehicles and zero-emission motorcycles by state residents. While a start, it means that shoppers in the state, well, let's just say they'll have to pick up the pace a bit to hit Patrick's goal.

Still, as states go, Massachusetts has been close to the leading edge when it comes to pushing for alt-fuel transportation. The state is one of eight that's part of the Multi-State ZEV Action plan, which was announced last year with a goal to put 3.3 million zero-emission vehicles on US roads by 2025. Take a look at the press release from Global Automakers below.
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Global Automakers Supports Massachusetts Efforts to Develop Robust ZEV Market

WASHINGTON, April 2, 2015 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The Association of Global Automakers (Global Automakers) applauds Massachusetts Secretary of Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs Matthew Beaton's announcement today that additional funds have been allocated to the Massachusetts Offers Rebates for Electric Vehicles (MOR-EV) program.

"While ZEV sales face many challenges, vehicle rebates have proven to be one of many impactful incentives to get car shoppers interested in environmentally friendly vehicles. This is a win for the ZEV program and for Massachusetts consumers," said John Bozzella, president and CEO of Global Automakers.

Since June 2014, the MOR-EV program has played an important role in putting over 700 battery electric and plug-in hybrid electric vehicles on the road. The availability of a cash incentive, like the $2,500 rebate from the MOR-EV program, has been cited by consumers as one of the main considerations in the purchase of a ZEV.

Massachusetts is part of an eight-state partnership of northeast states, Oregon and California that have jointly agreed to take actions leading to a cumulative 3.3 million ZEVs on the road in the eight signatory states by 2025. These states also are working on their own action plans to address unique market challenges to the sale of ZEVs, such as consumer preferences, incentives, codes and standards, fueling/charging infrastructure, weather and topography.

"Getting the marketplace ready to support ZEVs is a shared responsibility and automakers are already making huge investments in developing the technologies," said Bozzella. "Global Automakers is pleased to support the additional funds for the MOR-EV program and looks forward to continuing the dialogue about how to encourage consumers to buy ZEV vehicles through various state incentives."

The Association of Global Automakers represents international motor vehicle manufacturers, original equipment suppliers, and other automotive-related trade associations. We work with industry leaders, legislators, and regulators to create the kind of public policy that improves vehicle safety, encourages technological innovation, and protects our planet. Our goal is to foster a competitive environment in which more vehicles are designed and built to enhance Americans' quality of life. For more information, visit www.globalautomakers.org.


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