This Monday I joined the Massachusetts Electric Vehicle Task Force, co-chaired by Massachusetts Energy Undersecretary Barbara Kates-Garnick, Environment Undersecretary Maeve Vallely Bartlett, and Department of Energy Resources Commissioner Mark Sylvia, to kick off the Massachusetts Electric Vehicle Initiative (MEVI).
Vehicle Electrification is a key policy and cluster development issue for NECEC and we are eager to provide input on behalf of the clean energy business community through this important stakeholder group.
Vehicle Electrification is a growing sector. According to Navigant Research’s 2013-2020 Electric Vehicle Market Forecast sales of hybrid and plug-in electric vehicles are expected to reach 6.6 million annual units by 2020. They’re expected to become about 7 percent of the market for light-duty vehicles.
There is also a broader vehicle electrification cluster in New England, including companies like Rhode Island’s eNow, which uses innovative,solar powered systems to address auxiliary power needs in the commercial trucking and public transportation industries. Fuel cells are also an important technology for the electric vehicle industry. In fact the automotive industry sees Massachusetts as one of the prime areas for fuel cell electric vehicles. NECEC member company Nuvera, of Billerica, Mass., is one company leading the way.
So what’s driving the demand in the EV market? According to, Navigant the combination of improved government policies and declining vehicle prices are key. In Massachusetts there are nearly 2,000 electric passenger vehicles and nearly 50 commercial vehicles registered. Even Boston-based car sharing company ZipCar is getting into the EV game, announcing just this week that it has added four new plug-in hybrids to its Boston Fleet.
NECEC looks forward to working with this cutting-edge group to make sure cluster support mechanisms and policies are in place to further grow this industry that stands to make a big impact on the New England economy and our environment.