Rhode Island Joins Seven States in Putting 3.3 Million Zero-Emission Cars on the Road by 2025

In an effort to reduce greenhouse gas pollution from the transportation sector, Rhode Island and seven other states have released an action plan for their collective pledge to put 3.3 million zero-emission cars on the road by 2025.

Energy Commissioner Marion Gold of the Rhode Island Office of Energy Resources says this commitment is in line with the state's goal to curb greenhouse gas emissions. She says the state's energy plan, and the governor's executive council on climate change underscore the goal's importance.

"We've realized through that work, which has brought together all the heads of state agencies to consider both climate adaptation and climate mitigation, that it's critically important to minimize GHG emissions from the transportation sector," said Gold.

Zero emission vehicles include plug-in hybrids, battery electric and hydrogen-powered fuel cell electric cars. Not all of these are available in New England. So the state plans to work closely with car manufacturers to bring more choices to Rhode Island and to develop the infrastructure, like charging stations, needed for these cars.