Massachusetts took a big step forward recently by include nonprofits and business fleets in the state’s electric vehicle incentives. The move hopes to maximize the environmental impact of the program during a time where the economy has slowed statewide vehicle sales. Along with those sales, progress toward the state’s carbon emissions goals has also slowed.
A fresh round of funding for the state’s electric vehicle rebate program won’t be enough to reach emission goals.
Environmental advocates are praising a new $54 million influx of funding for Massachusetts’ electric vehicle incentives but also say it should be just the beginning of a more targeted and ambitious plan to boost electric vehicle ownership in the state.
The Massachusetts Bay Transit Authority is testing five electric buses and says charging infrastructure is a barrier.
A coalition of environmental and civic groups is urging Massachusetts’ biggest public transit agency to speed its adoption of electric buses and prioritize the deployment of cleaner buses in disadvantaged neighborhoods.
“We just think the time is now and there is a huge urgency to making that commitment,” said Eleanor Fort, senior campaign manager at environmental justice group Green For All and a member of the coalition.
This story is the second of a two-part series on electric vehicles in Cape Cod and the Islands. Read part one here.
Cronig’s Market in Vineyard Haven is a lot like any other grocery store. Piles of vegetables, kids pulling on their moms’ arms, cashiers ringing out.
But what makes this store different is what’s outside.