California and New York City: We’ll buy more electric cars. How about you?

A coalition of states, cities and businesses determined to fight climate change announced a campaign Tuesday to buy more zero-emission vehicles for their own fleets and persuade others to do the same.

Coalition members, which include the state of California and the city of New York, also called upon automakers to develop an “endgame” for cars burning fossil fuels and commit to ensuring that a set proportion of the cars they sell in 2025 produce no emissions.

“The auto industry knows this is a global trend and many are racing to be part of it,” said Mary Nichols, chairwoman of the California Air Resources Board, which runs most of the state’s climate programs, in a statement. “Companies that fail to adapt do so at their peril.”

Other participants in the new Zero Emission Vehicle Challenge include the cities of Paris, Milan, Copenhagen, Pittsburgh and Mexico City, as well as companies EDF Energy, LeasePlan and Unilever.

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