Global Automakers Supports Massachusetts Robust ZEV Market Development
April 2, 2015—The Association of Global Automakers (Global Automakers) announced on Friday that it supports a recent move made in Massachusetts to allocate additional funds to the state's electric vehicle rebate program.
This comes after Massachusetts Secretary of Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs Matthew Beaton announcemed that additional funds have been allocated to the Massachusetts Offers Rebates for Electric Vehicles (MOR-EV) program.
"While ZEV (zero emission vehicle) sales face many challenges, vehicle rebates have proven to be one of many impactful incentives to get car shoppers interested in environmentally friendly vehicles. This is a win for the ZEV program and for Massachusetts consumers," said John Bozzella, president and CEO of Global Automakers.
Since June 2014, the MOR-EV program has played an important role in putting over 700 battery electric and plug-in hybrid electric vehicles on the road. The availability of a cash incentive, like the $2,500 rebate from the MOR-EV program, has been cited by consumers as one of the main considerations in the purchase of a ZEV.
Massachusetts is part of an eight-state partnership of northeast states, Oregon and California that have jointly agreed to take actions leading to a cumulative 3.3 million ZEVs on the road in the eight signatory states by 2025. These states also are working on their own action plans to address unique market challenges to the sale of ZEVs, such as consumer preferences, incentives, codes and standards, fueling/charging infrastructure, weather and topography.