Eldridge’s Electric Vehicles Bill Passes Massachusetts Legislature

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BOSTON – Senator Jamie Eldridge (D-Acton) announces that the Massachusetts Legislature passed S.2505, An Act Promoting Electric Vehicle Adoption on January 3, 2016, the last day of the 2015-16 Legislative Session.

“Increasing the use of zero emissions vehicles would reduce our carbon footprint, and I’m very pleased to have worked with my Senate and House colleagues to get this important legislation passed before the end of session,” said State Senator Jamie 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 were financial and practical incentives to do so.”

The legislation permits cities and towns to establish designated parking opportunities for ZEVS, sets guidelines for fair electric vehicle charging terms at public charging stations, and commissions a study on the electrification of the state fleet.

“This legislation encourages the use of electric vehicles in Massachusetts, further advancing our state’s position as a clean energy leader,” said Senate Committee on Ways and Means Chair Senator Karen E. Spilka (D-Ashland). “This is another important step in our efforts in the Senate to protect the environment and ensure a sustainable future.”

“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 Governor Baker sign it into law.”

The bill now goes to Governor Charlie Baker’s desk for consideration.

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