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Zero-emission vehicles earn boost from governors

Posted on Friday, October 25, 2013 at 9:09:42 AM

Affordable auto financing opens up a wide range of options for buyers, and many people often look toward energy-efficiency and great gas mileage when making their decisions. Environmentally-friendly consumers recently received good news, when eight governors voiced their support for zero-emission vehicles.

The governors - from Massachusetts, California, Connecticut, Oregon, Maryland, Rhode Island, New York and Vermont - recently signed a pledge to take positive steps toward achieving the zero-emissions goal, USA Today reported.

"This is not just an agreement, but a serious and profoundly important commitment," said California Gov. Edmund Brown Jr. in a statement. "From coast to coast, we're charging ahead to get millions of the world's cleanest vehicles on our roads."

Ideally, the governors will be able to back infrastructure and legislation changes to help zero-emission vehicles gain a strong foothold in total automobile sales.

The pledge earned support from automakers as well, according to The Associated Press. However, some believe the movement won't take hold until more consumers are on board.

Dan Gage, of the Alliance of Automobile Manufacturers, told the news source that without necessary infrastructure there just isn't enough consumer interest for zero-emission vehicles to become widespread.

Soon, auto financing could be commonly used to help consumers afford energy-efficient, eco-friendly vehicles. The eight governors represent a number of constituents hoping to find new ways to reduce emissions and combat pollution.