8 States Pledge to Put 3.3 Million Clean Cars on the Road by 2025

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Eight states have made it their goal to put 3.3 million zero-emission vehicles on the road in the next 12 years.

Eight states have made it their goal to put 3.3 million zero-emission vehicles on the road in the next 12 years. Photo: Shutterstock

Some automobiles over the years just haven’t made the cut — take, for example, the Renault Dauphine, which took a full 32 seconds to go from 0 to 60; the Yugo GV that proved you get what you pay for; or the Dodge Custom Royal, built with a turntable in the dashboard (because changing out records and hearing them skip every time you hit a rock is exactly what you want to be doing while driving) — but we think environmentally friendly cars, in general, are here to stay.

Lawmakers in eight states, including California and New York, are on the same page. They recently signed an agreement to launch an initiative aimed at putting 3.3 million environmentally friendly cars on the road by 2025. Currently, only 3 percent of vehicles sold worldwide are electric. Each state will be developing a fueling/charging infrastructure to support these cars. The initiative, which will require approximately 15 percent of new automobiles sold to be zero-emission vehicles, has already received support from automakers, environmental advocacy groups and the public.

Read the full story from Bloomberg BNA here — and just remember, if you’re ready to trade in your Hummer H2 for something a little, uh, kinder to the earth, now’s the time.