I drive in one of the best cities in Florida for EV charging infrastructure. Still, there are gaps. Along with education to the public that demystifies electric cars and EV charging, we must dispel many misleading myths. As clean air advocates, we need to work for change in our local communities and states.
Plug In America and the Sierra Club have made that a bit easier to actualize. They released the AchiEVe: Model State & Local Policies to Accelerate Electric Vehicle Adoption toolkit. This policy guide details the most effective policies for growing the electric vehicle (EV) market at the state, city, and local levels.
“The EV market is growing rapidly, but we need a strong policy to support the market’s transition from the early adopter phase into the mass market stage. This toolkit will help policymakers, utilities, and clean transportation advocates implement policies in their local communities that will expand electric vehicle adoption in ways that are both effective and equitable,” says Mary Lunetta, Campaign Representative for Sierra Club’s Electric Vehicles Initiative and one of the main authors of the report.
How is your state doing? Find out:
EV Policy Facts by State
Check out what’s happening with the electric car and charging infrastructure policy in your state. Click on your state via the table below.
“The toolkit includes classic policies for EV drivers such as vehicle rebates, tax credits, and policies that permit access to the HOV lanes in a state, but also includes policies that expand access to charging infrastructure, address equity issues for disadvantaged communities, and promote consumer protection,” the Sierra Club writes.
“The toolkit looks at states and cities who have implemented each policy and provides a template that can be downloaded and customized for the state, city or community.”
“Access to charging infrastructure is one of the greatest barriers to increased EV adoption. This toolkit looks at a number of ways to increase access and install more charging stations — not only through updating building codes, but also through innovative programs and partnerships, such as streetlight charging programs, utility investments, and right-of-way charging programs,” noted Plug In America Policy Director Katherine Stainken.
Read the full report at on the PIA site.
And give (time and money) to your local Sierra Club. Sierra Club leads active education in the community, is working hard to bring all-electric transit to more cities, and is highly engaged in getting EV experiences to people for first-hand awareness raising year round. Traffic air pollution directly damages DNA in children, (Research). The Sierra Club leads us to make this a pastime issue (along with other countries) for the next generation of drivers.
The Sierra Club works on all-encompassing humanitarian issues — not only fresh clean air.
And never think one person’s contributions are not enough for progressing change. Activate your own Fierce Green Fire. Learn more about activists such as David Brower, who was the first Executive Director of the Sierra Club and on its board for 22 years. Use your own green fire to push for change in such a dedicated way.
Become a gentle warrior. Download the toolkit and keep informed. Inform others.
Also, CleanTechnica has published its own reports on EV charging. The first, published earlier this year, covers the state of the public EV charging. The second, published a couple of months ago, actually offers guidelines on EV charging design and policy.
From our EV Charging resource page, here are larger summaries of the two reports and one of a video webinar about the latter:
This report draws on experience and expertise from a wide range of professionals in electric vehicle charging infrastructure development to provide specific and actionable insights and information for city officials trying to plan and procure electric vehicle charging infrastructure.
Evolution & Current State of Public EV Charging in USA
This report dives into the public EV charging market in the United States (and Europe to some extent) in a deep and broad way, examining current consumer patterns, exploring technological innovations that are starting to transform the market, and forecasting where it will all lead. The report relies on original surveys and interviews conducted by CleanTechnica.
How Cities Can Support, Promote, and Lead On Electric Transport (video)
A video chat about the roles cities can play in supporting, stimulating, advancing, and benefiting from e-mobility. The discussion relates to our new report, Electric Vehicle Charging Infrastructure: Guidelines For Cities.
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