Eldridge Electric Vehicles Bill Passes Senate

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BOSTONSenator Jamie Eldridge (D-Acton) announces that the Senate passed S.2505, An Act Promoting Zero Emission Vehicle Adoption, during an informal session today.

“Increasing the use of zero emissions vehicles would reduce our carbon footprint, and I’m very pleased to have worked with my Senate colleagues to get this important legislation passed before the end of session,” said State Senator Eldridge (D-Acton). “I have spoken with many Massachusetts residents who support reducing our dependence on fossil fuels, and who would buy zero emission vehicles if there are financial and practical incentives to do so.”

The legislation requires that twenty-five percent of motor vehicles purchased annually by the Commonwealth be zero emission vehicles (ZEVs) by 2025 to help the state achieve its goal of 300,000 ZEVs registered in the state. The bill also authorizes cities and towns to establish designated parking opportunities for ZEVs, and requires the Massachusetts Department of Transportation to study the feasibility of authorizing ZEVs to travel in high-occupancy lanes.

“We have taken significant steps this year to protect our environment, and Senate President Rosenberg, Chairwoman Spilka, and their staffs deserve credit for their work on this legislation.” Eldridge said. “This bill will further help us reach the greenhouse gas reduction goals set by the Global Warming Solutions Act, and I hope to see my House colleagues send it to Governor Baker’s desk.”

The bill now goes to the House for consideration.

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