Last year there were around 30,000 electric vehicles on state roads – a number that likely includes hybrids, according to government officials. To meet its 2030 emissions target, about 1 million of the more than 5.5 million projected cars registered in the state by that year will need to be zero-emission vehicles, according to the plan. “Without market intervention, less than 500,000 vehicles in circulation should be electrified by 2030,” he warns. The state plans to invest in public charging infrastructure over the next decade to make the transition possible.
The state’s decarbonization roadmap, including a ban on new gasoline-powered vehicles, is not yet finalized. Massachusetts will consult with the public on this in January and February before moving forward. However, as The Boston Globe notes that under the Global Warming Solutions Act of 2008, Governor Baker has the power to pursue many of the policy changes set out in the plan. This move would allow Massachusetts to align with California and a dozen other countries in Europe and parts of Asia. In the United States, New Jersey is also considering a ban of 2035.