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William Maley

Staff Writer - CheersandGears.com

October 28, 2013

California and seven other states have signed a new pact that hopes to increase the number of zero emission vehicles on their roads to 3.3 million by the year 2025.

Joining California in this pact are Connecticut, Maryland, Massachusetts, New York, Rhode Island, Oregon, and Vermont. The seven states have already adopted a rule like California where by 2025, 15 percent of vehicles sold must produce zero emissions. To help get to this goal, the eight states have four steps to spur sales of zero emission vehicles

  • Amend building codes so it becomes easier to build charging stations
  • Buy more zero emission vehicles for Government fleets
  • Further cash incentives and introduce discounted electricity rates for home-chargers
  • Introduced shared standards for charging stations and common signage

"From coast to coast, we're charging ahead to get millions of the world's cleanest vehicles on our roads," said California Governor Edmund Brown in a statement.

Source: Automotive News (Subscription Required)

William Maley is a staff writer for Cheers & Gears. He can be reached at william.maley@cheersandgears.com or you can follow him on twitter at @realmudmonster.


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What a joke, just another way to waste tax payers dollars and put more luxury golf carts on the road that cannot travel any real distance. What a way for the governments to control population movement.

Makes one question their real understanding of how these auto's are produced. No one has yet to address the toxic settlement ponds from the battery production.

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260 miles isn't "any real distance"? Why do we keep having this conversation over and over? The Tesla Model-S has a longer range than my (currently out of service) Honda CR-V. As EV technology continues to improve, range will either increase or cost for that range will decrease, or a combination of both.

Your Tin-Foil-Hat brigade comment that this is a way for the government to control the movement of the population is beyond dumb, and quite frankly, beneath you. The government is doing THE EXACT OPPOSITE of what you said by encouraging MORE CHOICE in the mode of transit.

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Tesla is not within reach of most people Drew.

Looking at the current Affordable EV's, Nissan Leaf, Spark EV, etc. People cannot go on a real road trip in these auto's.

These are the auto's that local cities and counties are buying and wanting the public to buy and no one seems to be a voice of reason that while they are good products, they do not meet the needs of the mass market.

The GOV is pushing a single version of what the rich have onto everyone and not really supporting equally other options such as BioDiesel or CNG where you have vehicles that can be driven long distances between fill-ups.

I see so much push on Electric and a clear ignoring of alternative power options. I continue to see a wealthy electric only crowd pushing to make everyone go electric and yet while this is an additional option of choice, it ignores what I see as better options that should be equally supported.

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Tesla while an outstanding car in today's society, is an exception and not the norm.

Even their own polls seem to show a older, wealthy group of people buying or leasing these cars.

http://www.teslamotorsclub.com/showthread.php/7238-Model-S-Buyers-What-s-Your-Income

http://www.teslamotorsclub.com/showthread.php/17717-Model-S-Owner-Age

http://www.teslamotorsclub.com/showthread.php/6998-Model-S-Reservation-Holder-Demographics-Age

http://www.teslamotorsclub.com/showthread.php/8920-What-was-your-age-annual-income-and-what-battery-pack-are-you-getting

This in comparison to the average middle income household making 45-55K a year will be looking at auto's in the 30K range.

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This in comparison to the average middle income household making 45-55K a year will be looking at auto's in the 30K range.

I can't imagine someone in that low of an income bracket is looking at a car that costs more than $16k or so, let alone $30k.

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This in comparison to the average middle income household making 45-55K a year will be looking at auto's in the 30K range.

I can't imagine someone in that low of an income bracket is looking at a car that costs more than $16k or so, let alone $30k.

Yet they do just like people making 75-85K a year look at the tesla. Does not mean they really can afford it, but they will look and some will buy.

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This in comparison to the average middle income household making 45-55K a year will be looking at auto's in the 30K range.

I can't imagine someone in that low of an income bracket is looking at a car that costs more than $16k or so, let alone $30k.

Yet they do just like people making 75-85K a year look at the tesla. Does not mean they really can afford it, but they will look and some will buy.

Tesla seems more like a car for people making $200k or more.... I know when I was making $85k a year $30k car seemed to me a bit high...(but was fine when I got past $100k/yr).

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Tesla while an outstanding car in today's society, is an exception and not the norm.

Even their own polls seem to show a older, wealthy group of people buying or leasing these cars.

http://www.teslamotorsclub.com/showthread.php/7238-Model-S-Buyers-What-s-Your-Income

http://www.teslamotorsclub.com/showthread.php/17717-Model-S-Owner-Age

http://www.teslamotorsclub.com/showthread.php/6998-Model-S-Reservation-Holder-Demographics-Age

http://www.teslamotorsclub.com/showthread.php/8920-What-was-your-age-annual-income-and-what-battery-pack-are-you-getting

This in comparison to the average middle income household making 45-55K a year will be looking at auto's in the 30K range.

This may come as a shock to you, but the early adopters of the first Apple iPod and first Apple iPhone ($499 for the 10gb model in 2001 and $499 for the 4gb model in 2007 respectively) were relatively wealthy people. As the technology improved the price came down, and more people were able to afford it.

Today, the cheapest iPod that isn't a shuffle has a full color screen and 16gb of memory costing only $149 each.

Tesla is, at best, in the circa 2003 iPod time frame when they are still a curiosity that rich people buy, but that price WILL come down. The next generation models are already supposed to be cheaper than the current one.

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In bringing this back to the focus of the 8 states pushing with incentives to have people buy EV auto's, My whole point it that they should not just focus on EV but include all alternative energy auto's and let the market sort it out as to who the winner should be.

I would take a CNG/Petrol 2014 Impala over a Nissan Leaf 2014 or Spark EV 2014 model.

Where is my incentive for going green?

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You can fill up a CNG vehicle with CNG in even fewer locations than EVs at the moment.

CNG seems to be one of those technologies that's fallen off the table..it doesn't seem to have much buzz or push compared to electric.

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What a joke, just another way to waste tax payers dollars and put more luxury golf carts on the road that cannot travel any real distance. What a way for the governments to control population movement.

You are seriously delusional.

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What a joke, just another way to waste tax payers dollars and put more luxury golf carts on the road that cannot travel any real distance. What a way for the governments to control population movement.

You are seriously delusional.

CNG is not delusional, the infastructure in place is wide spread and anyone with natural gas at their home or business can install a fueling appliance and gas at home or work. No need for expensive stations.

If CNG was delusional then why is the train industry converting over their diesel generators to CNG and the trucking industry is moving to CNG. On top of this is the marine industry is moving to have large ships go to LNG compared to Diesel. NG is a valid fuel option.

All I am asking for is if they want to give tax breaks to Electric, then also allow it for BioDiesel or CNG auto's also.

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What a joke, just another way to waste tax payers dollars and put more luxury golf carts on the road that cannot travel any real distance. What a way for the governments to control population movement.

You are seriously delusional.

CNG is not delusional, the infastructure in place is wide spread and anyone with natural gas at their home or business can install a fueling appliance and gas at home or work. No need for expensive stations.

If CNG was delusional then why is the train industry converting over their diesel generators to CNG and the trucking industry is moving to CNG. On top of this is the marine industry is moving to have large ships go to LNG compared to Diesel. NG is a valid fuel option.

All I am asking for is if they want to give tax breaks to Electric, then also allow it for BioDiesel or CNG auto's also.

I didn't say CNG was delusional...it was about your 2nd sentence..that is paranoid delusional conspiracy theorist BS.

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This thread is simply fantastic. The wide-eyed dreamers who believe there will be 3.3 million EVs on the road by 2025 are the delusional ones. And so far... the public sides with my view more than the sad, nerdy dreamers. So have your fun, dreamers, it won't change REALITY.

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