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If you’ve ever wondered where it’s easier to have an electrical vehicle? A non-profit organization just published a chart which will offer you the newest state rankings. The nonprofit and nonpartisan American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE) in the week released the State Transportation Electrification Scorecard that grades U.S. states on their progress in enabling residents and businesses to use and charge electric vehicles.
The Scorecard found California the clear leader among states, scoring 91 or 100 possible points. Rounding out the highest 10 were ny (63.5 points), Washington, D.C. (59), Maryland (56), Massachusetts (54.5), Washington (54), Vermont (54), Colorado (48), Oregon (47), and New Jersey (44). Several states (20) didn’t do also , tallying 15 points or fewer.
The key attributes (a total of 40 were scored) measured within the ranking are:
- Planning for more EVs and EV charging options
- Incentives like rebates, tax credits, and grants to electric commercial vehicles
- Using federal funds to shop for electric transit buses
- Offering utility programs with lower electric charging rates at preferred times
- Utility funding to spur EV and EV charging adoption in low-income areas and environmental justice communities, places that have suffered disproportionately from environmental damage.
Transitioning to electric vehicles is significant for the climate and for reducing costs for households and businesses said Bryan Howard state policy director at ACEEE and lead report author. The leading states are embracing this transition but more are just starting whilst the automakers are preparing a burst of latest electric models.
Policies that move EVs
ACEEE pinpointed three policies that it felt are likely to possess the best impact to spur adoption of EVs:
- Zero-emission vehicle (ZEV) mandates and EV deployment targets
- Financial incentives for vehicle purchases
- Incentives for installing vehicle chargers.
The report’s authors also noted that there was many room for improvement in most states. It noted that 12 states have adopted California’s ZEV mandate for the sales of EVs and lots of offered tax credits or rebates to encourage EV purchases. Some had non-financial incentives like solo driver access to high-occupancy vehicle (HOV) lanes.
For states not near the highest of the Scorecard the report recommends a series of foundational steps to become more EV-friendly. States should begin by initiating comprehensive planning efforts with specific goals, benchmark progress, collect data and incorporate carve-outs or added funding for low-income, economically distressed or environmental justice communities.
While nobody could touch California out West, each region within the country had its own leaders. New York which finished second overall was the leader within the Northeast supported its strong incentives and state and utility support for charging infrastructure. The state has also targeted a big portion of its investments to profit lower-socioeconomic and disadvantaged communities.
Washington, D.C., and Virginia both scored well within the Southeast. Both have made strong investments in vehicle and charging incentives. within the Midwest, Minnesota was the highest scorer. While supporting building charging infrastructure the state is also posed to adopt California’s ZEV regulation. Within the Mountain West Colorado had the very best score. It had the goal of putting 940,000 EVs on its roadways by 2030 and is investing heavily in EV charging infrastructure.
Information for the Scorecard was collected from centralized databases/information sources, internet research and feedback from subject-matter experts and state contacts during an external review process.
ACEEE noted that transportation is that the largest source of greenhouse emission (GHG) emissions within the U.S. Electric cars, buses and trucks reduce GHGs also as local pollution.