North Carolina EV Policy Bootcamp

North Carolina Gets Charged Up for More Electric Vehicles


On Sept. 16, 2020, the Electrification Coalition brought together electric vehicle policymakers, industry experts, and advocates for a day-long session about how to accelerate EV adoption in North Carolina.

The bootcamp included keynote addresses from Gov. Roy Cooper, State Rep. John Szoka, and Admiral Dennis C. Blair, a member of the Energy Security Leadership Council and former Director of National Intelligence and Commander in Chief of the U.S. Pacific Command. 

Participants also heard an update on the state’s efforts to advance electric vehicles from Sushma Masemore, Deputy Assistant Secretary for Environment and State Energy Director, N.C. Department of Environmental Quality; and J. Kevin Lacy, PE, State Traffic Engineer and Director, Transportation Mobility and Safety Division, N.C. Department of Transportation. Additional sessions included updates on the national EV market, manufacturers’ perspectives on vehicle technology and policy pathways, ideas for addressing EV equity considerations, and policy gaps around charging infrastructure. Speakers included representatives from ABB, Arrival, Duke Energy, Thomas Built Buses, Volvo, the Colorado Department of Transportation and the Wend Collective. 

In the afternoon, the EC led a deep-dive discussion about a wide range of policy options to accelerate EVs in North Carolina. Kicking off that discussion included representatives from: the North Carolina Sustainable Energy Association, the Southern Alliance for Clean Energy, the Southeast Energy Efficiency Alliance, EV Hybrid Noire, and Rivian.

Presentation Slides

Amy Malaki

Amy Malaki is the Director of Partnerships and Policy at SkyNRG and SkyNRG Americas, pioneering global leaders in sustainable aviation fuel production and supply. Prior to SkyNRG, Amy was the Associate Director for the transportation portfolio at the ClimateWorks Foundation where she developed philanthropic investment strategies to advance a sustainable, equitable and low-carbon mobility system. She also pioneered the organization’s international aviation decarbonization strategy. Prior to that she focused on Asia business development at Better Place, a Silicon Valley electric vehicle network startup. She has a B.A. in Chinese and China studies from the University of Washington and an M.A. in international policy studies (energy and environment) from Stanford University.