Zero Emission Vehicle (ZEV) Commission

The ZEV Commission works to support the zero emission vehicle adoption in Massachusetts

The Massachusetts Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs coordinates a wide range of activities at the Department of Environmental Protection, Department of Energy Resources, Department of Public Utilities as well as other agencies (such as MassDOT and agencies setting related codes and standards).  Our goal is to spur zero emission vehicle adoption in Massachusetts. Zero emission vehicles or ZEVs include battery, plug-in and fuel cell electric cars, vans and buses.

Multi State ZEV Taskforce

Since the transportation sector accounts for about 40% of the emissions associated with climate change, clean vehicles contribute greatly to the greenhouse gas reduction goals of our Global Warming Solutions Act (GWSA) and implementation of Governor Charlie Baker’s Executive Order 569, “An Order Establishing an Integrated Climate Change Strategy for the Commonwealth". Massachusetts joined seven other states to drive consumer and fleet awareness and adoption of clean ZEVs from coast to coast.  These states released a collaborative plan to develop infrastructure, coordinate policies and codes and standards and report progress at the ZEV states website.  Massachusetts committed to the bold goal of 300,000 ZEVS registered in the state by 2025.

Electric Vehicle Task Force

A Massachusetts Electric Vehicle Task Force met in 2014 and recommended a number of action items that resulted in the MOR-EV vehicle rebate program, Massachusetts Clean Cities public infrastructure installations as well as grant programs for charging at workplaces and public locations. A draft Massachusetts Zero Emission Vehicle Action Plan  resulted from the efforts of the Task Force and set the stage for future activities.

The MASS DRIVE CLEAN Campaign

An important part of our outreach strategy is to arrange for opportunities to drive ZEVs. ZEV test drive events are a proven, effective mechanism for driving vehicle adoption and systematically growing the market. The Mass Drive Clean campaign is the first statewide test drive program to help educate consumers about the specific benefits of these vehicles, and experience the fun and performance of ZEVS. The 2015 and 2016 Campaign results report illustrates that over 80%  of drivers report their overall opinion of an EV is better than before their test drive. With over 70%  saying they were more likely to purchase an EV after their drive, we have found that 12.5% purchased or leased a ZEV within 6 months. Partnering with Plug In America, more events occurred in 2017 and are being planned for 2018.

Many of these test drive events are held at workplaces across the state. Companies are providing electric vehicle charging opportunities for their employees, many with help from a MassDEP grant program Workplace charging benefits employees, companies and our communities and a Massachusetts Drive Clean Workplace Charging Guide is available to help assess, design and operate a successful and cost effective workplace charging network. If interested in participating or partnering with this highly successful program – contact Plug In America.

Upcoming Meeting

ZEV Commission Meeting #4 – November 7, 2017, 1 Winter Street, Boston, Conference Rooms A-C

   
   

 

Past Meetings & Materials

ZEV Commission Meeting #1 – August 31, 2015 

Final Meeting 1 Agenda    
Attachment 1 - 2015 Massachusetts Zero Emission Vehicle Commission Members   Presentation - State of the ZEV Market  file size 3MB
Approved Minutes of the MA ZEV Commission Meeting #1 Presentation - MOR-EV Program Update  file size 2MB

ZEV Commission Meeting #2 – November 18, 2015

Meeting 2 agenda  Presentation - Plug-in Vehicles from the Utility, Ratepayer and Grid Perspective   file size 6MB
  Presentation - Charging Up Massachusetts   file size 4MB
  Report - Charging Up October 2015   file size 7MB
Approved Minutes of the MA ZEV Commission Meeting #2    

 

ZEV Commission Meeting #3 – July 28, 2016

Meeting 3 agenda  Attachment 4 - Auburn Mall Showcase  
Attachment 1 - 2016 Massachusetts Zero Emission Vehicle Commission Members   Presentation - State of the ZEV Market   file size 2MB
Presentation - MOR EV Program Update   file size 10MB Presentation - MA PEV and Recharging Infrastructure Case Study   file size 2MB
Attachment 2 - MassDEP Letter to CARB    
Attachment 3- Mass Drive Clean Public Events  

 

Questions?

If you have any questions or suggestions related to zero emission vehicles feel free to contact Linda Benevides at 617-626-1197 or Linda.Benevides@state.ma.us.

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