From Staff and Wire Reports | Feb 18, 2018
BOSTON — Attorney General Maura Healey is calling for a statewide plan to encourage the adoption of electric vehicles and what she calls “new, ambitious goals to meet electric power needs with clean energy.”
Healey made the comments at a hearing this week on how the state should use $75 million in mitigation funds as part of a multi-billion settlement with Volkswagen, Porsche and Audi.
Healey urged the money be used to help create the infrastructure needed for electric vehicles.
She said the state should work to exceed its current goal of 300,000 registered zero emission vehicles by 2025 and make 100 percent of new buses purchased in Massachusetts electric by 2030.
There are 499 publicly available electric charging stations in Massachusetts with 1,327 individual charging plugs, according to a report filed in December by Gov. Charlie Baker’s administration.
Two are in Gloucester; one at the City Hall on the Warren Street side and the other at the City Hall Annex at 3 Pond St. Manchester plans to install one behind Manchester Town Hall, 10 Central St. All are or will be available to the public.
The Bay State has an “ambitious target” of reaching 300,000 electric vehicles on the road by 2025, Department of Energy Resources Commissioner Judith Judson wrote to lawmakers.
The city of Gloucester has six electric cars now in use by the public works and inspection services, and two electric BMW vehicles utilized by police and the department’s Kids ‘N Kops school outreach program.
Healey said the state should also make electric cars accessible to families of all incomes, including those in apartment buildings.
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