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.
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“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.