The Association of Global Automakers has launched a new website entitled DrivingZEV.com, which addresses the advancement of green vehicle technologies and the challenges of today’s marketplace as both automakers and states strive to reach target sales for zero-emission vehicles (ZEVs).
“Automakers are making major investments in designing and marketing ZEVs,” says John Bozzella, president and CEO of Global Automakers. “However, building a sustainable market remains a challenge. It will take effort from the industry, states and consumers alike to reach the sales mandate set by the state of California.”
California requires that 15% of new vehicles sold in the state by 2025 be ZEVs – such as plug-in hybrid electric, battery electric and hydrogen fuel cell electric vehicles. Nine additional states have adopted California’s mandate. According to the company, DrivingZEV.com follows the steps that automakers and states are taking to reach these sales requirements and tracks sales figures and the current progress made in each state.
California leads the nation in electric and hydrogen infrastructure funding and incentives, but ZEVs remain at less than 3% of new vehicle sales. To meet the requirements of the ZEV mandate by 2025, sales of green vehicles must increase seventeen-fold.
“The green vehicle marketplace is still relatively young, and consumer education is a significant component of DrivingZEV.com,” says Bozzella. “We are committed to seeing these technologies succeed and hope that by increasing awareness of the new and exciting products out there, we can help these states as they try to reach their ZEV requirements.”
There are currently more than 35 different makes and models of ZEVs on the market, the company asserts.