June 10, 2013
Associated Press reporter Michelle Smith highlights Rhode Island's efforts to triple the number of electric vehicle charging stations available in the state and the significant progress happening throughout the northeastern United States to prepare communities for the anticipated growth in electric cars and trucks.
There are more than 900 charging stations in New England, New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Maryland and the District of Columbia, according to the Georgetown Climate Center, which works with those states to reduce greenhouse gas and promote use of clean vehicles and fuels.
States are taking a variety of steps to encourage electric vehicles, said Cassandra Powers of the Georgetown Climate Center. For example, Massachusetts recently launched a program to provide local communities with money for electric vehicles and charging stations, while Pennsylvania is installing charging stations along the turnpike and recently renewed an incentive program for people who purchase electric vehicles. Vermont and New York are discussing ways to remove regulatory barriers, and New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo has proposed spending $50 million to stimulate demand for electric vehicles.
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