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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.