States across the country are looking at permitting testing of self-driving cars on their roads. But those enthusiastic efforts can often bring unexpected complications.
Rhode Island is funding its DRIVE program with pollution settlements, turning things like "Stripper Well Oil Overcharges" into EV rebates.
Counting the cars that go across the Brooklyn and Golden Gate Bridges every day doesn't exactly sound like fun. But when we're talking about the Multi-State ZEV Action Plan that eight US states are using to boost zero-emission vehicle adoption, though, we can think of it as a positive thing. That's because a quarter million vehicles cross those iconic bridges every day, and that's how many zero-emission vehicles have been sold in the US.
OK, so it only took a couple of years for Rhode Island to get the hang of electric vehicle-specific license plates, like its New England neighbors. Now that the smallest state in the union has caught on, it's nice to see that Rhode Island has upped the game by including hybrids in that strategy.
Spinal Tap waxed poetic about the value of turning things up to 11. So it's a good thing that that's the number of steps a coterie of eight states (led by California) will take to reach a goal of having 3.3 million zero-emission vehicles (ZEV) on their roads by 2025. Now let's rock.
When you run the smallest state in the nation (by geography), there's really no excuse for range anxiety to be an issue. Rhode Island Gov. Lincoln Chafee may have thought as much when he announced that his state will add 50 publicly accessible electric-vehicle charging stations this summer.
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The commute from Rhode Island to Manhattan for NextFest was a short trip for Carl Vogel and his electric Harley-Davidson. His was certainly one of the smaller exhibits in size, but he certainly got a lot of attention. At one point in the afternoon, attendees were 5 rows deep trying to get a look at the electric blue cruiser and sidecar.