Connecticut aims for 25,000 electric vehicles by 2020
An advisory group has delivered a series of recommendations to Governor M Jodi Rell for policy measures that might help to attract electric car ownership and encourage electric vehicle manufacturers and dealers to set up in the state.
The Governor’s Electric Vehicles Infrastructure Council has called for incentives to support the purchase of electric vehicle and public-private partnerships to develop recharging infrastructure.
Appointed last November, the Council recommended incentives including sales tax exemptions for electric vehicles, tax credits and grants for infrastructure projects, and funding for research and development efforts.
It also calls for programs focused on infrastructure development, including establishment of charging stations at key public sites, and an electric vehicle procurement program for state and university fleets.
The Council also recommended working with neighboring states to take a regional approach to establishing a charging network. Measures could be included within 2011 legislative proposals.
Governor Rell said: “I want our state to be, essentially, a magnet for all facets of the electric vehicle industry – from manufacturers, to component suppliers, to auto dealers.
“The blueprint from the EV council and the industry relationships we have made will allow us to attract and create jobs for an industry with great potential as we put more EVs onto our roads and in our garages,” she added.