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October 26, 2013

Mass joins effort to push for zero-emission cars

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Automakers applauded Thursday’s agreement as an important step forward but cautioned that significant infrastructure investment will be needed to reach the goal.

Putting 3.3 million vehicles on the road “is not an achievable goal given what we’re doing today from an infrastructure investment standpoint. It’s just not,” said Dan Gage, a spokesman for the Alliance of Automobile Manufacturers in Washington, which represents Toyota, General Motors and 10 others.

“Up to this point there’s been a lack of consumer interest, and a lot of that has to do with investment in infrastructure.”

There are more than 6,700 charging stations open to the public in the eight states in this agreement, which seeks to multiply that number exponentially over the next dozen years.

“We think that is going to be necessary for some of the (driving) range anxiety and other acceptance barriers that need to be broken down,” said Brian Maas, president of the California New Car Dealers Association.

“The cars are coming — they’re here already — but if you don’t have a place to charge them, there’s not going to be the level of consumer acceptance.”

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