'Travel provision' in ZEV rules means EV limited outside CA
Law Will Adjust In 2017 To Help Northeastern States
See, the ZEV credits that automakers earn for selling a vehicle in one state get applied to all states with ZEV provisions. The upshot of this so-called "travel provision" is that an automaker that wants to simplify things like distribution strategy and promotional costs will naturally gravitate towards California because that's likely where it's easiest to generate the most sales.
The upshot, of course, is that Californians have access to more than 20 plug-in vehicle models, while Northeastern states with similar ZEV provisions, including Connecticut, Maine, Maryland, and New York, can generally only choose from the BMW i3, Tesla Model S and, of course, the Nissan Leaf. Those ZEV-credit laws are slated to change in 2017 in a manner that will likely balance things out a bit.
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