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Statement from Global Automakers' President and CEO Michael J. Stanton on Multi-State Effort to Promote Zero-Emission Vehicles

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WASHINGTON--Oct. 24, 2013: Global Automakers and its members remain committed to the success of zero-emission vehicle (ZEV) technology. We are pleased to see that California and the seven additional states have signed a cooperative agreement to develop an action plan to help build a robust national market for electric and hydrogen-powered cars.

These advanced vehicles face significant barriers in even the most "friendly" market environments. Each state presents its own unique challenges such as consumer preferences, incentives, codes and standards, fueling/charging infrastructure, weather and topography. Getting the marketplace ready to support ZEVs is a shared responsibility and automakers are already making huge investments in developing the technologies. We look forward to continuing to work with California and the states to ensure success of the program.

The Association of Global Automakers represents international motor vehicle manufacturers, original equipment suppliers, and other automotive-related trade associations. We work with industry leaders, legislators, and regulators to create the kind of public policy that improves vehicle safety, encourages technological innovation, and protects our planet. Our goal is to foster a competitive environment in which more vehicles are designed and built to enhance Americans' quality of life.