Photo of EV charging station in Hillsboro, Ore., via Wikimedia.

Photo of EV charging station in Hillsboro, Ore., via Wikimedia.

Governors in eight states have formed a partnership to add more zero-emission vehicles (ZEV) to their state fleets under a broader electric-vehicle push.

Under a memorandum of understanding (MOU) signed in late October, the eight states agreed to implement policies that would make electric cars more available to the mass market. The MOU was signed by the governors of California, Connecticut, Maryland, Massachusetts, New York, Oregon, Rhode Island, and Vermont.

The state fleet component of the agreement that expires in 2025 includes purchase targets for electric vehicles and fueling station equipment. State fleet managers will also explore partnerships with corporate fleets and financial institutions to promote growth in the ZEV market.

The states also agreed to provide public access to government fleet fueling stations and require auto dealers and car rental companies signing state contracts to agree to "use ZEVs where appropriate."

The eight governors signed the agreement on Oct. 24.

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