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Automakers are making significant investments in designing and marketing zero emission vehicles (ZEVs). They are selling vehicles that meet customer needs on price, utility and range; supporting charging/refueling infrastructure development; and training dealers and service departments to enhance the consumer experience.
However, that is only one part of the equation to building a sustainable green car market. The states also play a critical role in encouraging car shoppers to consider environmentally-friendly vehicles, including:
• Consumer Incentives (such as rebates and tax credits)
• Access to High Occupancy Vehicle and High Occupancy Toll Lanes
• Infrastructure Development (electric charging stations and hydrogen refueling)
• Public Awareness
Ongoing year-after-year investment is needed by states to help grow the ZEV market. California leads the way with funding both electric and hydrogen vehicles. Oregon and the northeastern states are ramping up efforts as well, but finding funds to commit annually continues to be a challenge.
To view the incentives offered by each state, visit the U.S. Department of Energy's Alternative Fuels Data Center by clicking here.