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In October 2013, Rhode Island committed to work with California, Connecticut, Maryland Massachusetts, New York, Oregon, and Vermont to accelerate the market for ZEVs. This memorandum of understanding (MOU) is a commitment to building a market to meet the requirement of 3.3 million cumulative ZEV sales in these eight states by 2025.

  • 0.74% of new ZEV vehicles sold YTD 2017
  • 24,081 total new vehicle sales YTD 2017
  • 177 ZEVs sold YTD 2017
  • 1,072 ZEVs sold since 2011
  • 47 BEV sold YTD 2017
  • 130 PHEV sold YTD 2017
  • 0 FCEV sold YTD 2017
  • ZEV State

Rhode Island ZEV Progress Toward 2025

Between model years 2018 and 2025, the ZEV sales mandate will cumulatively require auto manufacturers to sell 43,000 in Rhode Island, regardless of market conditions, infrastructure availability, technology advances, or comparable greenhouse gas (GHG) reductions from internal combustion engine vehicles. To date, Rhode Island's progress toward meeting the 2025 requirement has reached 2.5%.

New ZEV Sales Volume

New ZEV sales in 2016 were up by 114% compared to 2015. So far this year, 177 new ZEVs have been sold.

Market Share

0.74% of all new vehicles sold in Rhode Island YTD 2017 were ZEV versus 4.60% in California, and 1.10% nationwide.

Laws & Incentives

States offer a variety of incentives for zero emission vehicles, including vehicle rebates or tax credit, electric vehicle charging station incentives, workplace charging programs, special high-occupancy vehicle (HOV) or high-occupancy toll (HOT) lane access, and/or fleet purchasing requirements.

Visit the Alternative Fuels Data Center (AFDC) of the U.S. Department of Energy for lists of state-specific laws and incentives.


ZEVs are zero emission vehicles and include battery electric vehicles (BEVs), plug-in hybrid electric vehicles (PHEVs), and fuel cell electric vehicles (FCEVs).

Source: IHS Automotive Vehicle Registration Data

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