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WASHINGTON—Today, the Electrification Coalition (EC) released a collection of guides detailing actions that 11 different state agencies should take to prepare for the transition to electric vehicles (EVs). Called the State Agency Transportation Electrification Guides, the guides also highlight forward-looking agencies that are already taking steps to ensure their constituents are best prepared for and served by the EV transition.
The State Agency Transportation Electrification Guides come at an inflection point in the transportation sector. In 2022, EVs represented 5.8% of new light-duty car sales, a 65% increase from 2021. Private investment has surged, with an anticipated $210 billion for manufacturing and battery facilities in the U.S. alone. The Bipartisan Infrastructure Law (BIL) also dedicated $6.1 billion to additional battery manufacturing, minerals processing, and recycling facilities.
State agencies will play an increasingly critical role in guiding the use, prioritization, and distribution of funds from the BIL and Inflation Reduction Act. While state transportation and energy agencies are obvious EV stakeholders, many other agencies, such as state economic development, emergency management, and parking agencies, will be key to a successful transition.
“The generational level investments being made are creating opportunities for U.S. leadership in transportation electrification,” said Ben Prochazka, executive director of the EC. “The next decade will present challenges as we meet this opportunity, and state agencies will play a critical role. Just as the Joint Office of Energy and Transportation is accelerating EV adoption through cross-organizational efforts at the federal level, states can do the same. Transportation electrification will transform the ways we build, plan and invest in our nation’s infrastructure.”
The guides include suggested actions that state agencies should take and provide an overview of resources to accelerate EV adoption. While agency responsibilities may vary state by state, these guides aim to set offices up for success by providing both immediate actions and long-term goals.
“This is one of the many resources the EC has created to help all agencies electrify our transportation,” said Prochazka. “We look forward to leveraging these resources and our relationships with agencies to transition to an electric transportation future.”
With numerous federal funding opportunities available, the EC has also created a tool to help states easily identify grants for transportation electrification projects. Visit the EV Funding Finder.
Download the State Agency Transportation Electrification Guides at https://electrificationcoalition.org/resource/state-agency-transportation-electrification-guides/.
About the Electrification Coalition: The Electrification Coalition is a nonpartisan, nonprofit organization that promotes policies and actions to facilitate the widespread adoption of plug-in electric vehicles (EVs) on a mass scale to overcome the economic, public health and national security challenges that stem from America’s dependence on oil. electrificationcoalition.org