Transportation
2:59 pm
Thu October 24, 2013

Rhode Island Joins Group Of States In Zero-Emission Pledge

Rhode Island is one of eight states that joined a pledge Thursday to put 3.3 million zero-emission vehicles on the road by 2025. The pledge comes just weeks after the state installed 50 charging stations.

The pledge calls for more infrastructure to support the millions of electric cars expected to hit the road in the next dozen years. Every car maker is working to have an electric car for sale by 2015, but auto dealers say charging stations are key to getting consumers behind the wheel.

Fifty charging stations were installed across the state during the summer.
Credit Catherine Welch / RIPR

Al Dahlberg is the founder of Rhode Island’s Project Get Ready, the driving force behind the state’s 50 charging stations. Dahlberg said they are only part of the equation. “I don’t think it’s just about public charging stations it’s also about making sure consumers have the incentives,” said Dahlberg, “tax credits or purchasing incentives to lower the costs of the vehicles.”  

Gov. Lincoln Chafee supports incentives, saying a state tax credit should be next. “I think the incentives probably what we’ll be looking at next," said Chafee. "We’ve got the 50 charging stations and now possibly looking at what incentives might work to get people to buy these cars.”

Other New England states signing the zero-emissions pledge are Connecticut, Massachusetts and Vermont. Dahlberg said Rhode Island has fewer charging stations than Connecticut and Massachusetts, but more than Vermont and New Hampshire.

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