Community level adoption of emerging electric drive technology is critical. Critical to spurring growth and adoption at the national level says the Electric Drive Transportation Association (EDTA). A more electrified transportation fleet can be a vital solution to reducing America’s dependence on foreign oil, creating a cleaner, healthier environment and boosting the U.S. economy. So a number of U.S. communities are already demonstrating their commitment to that solution. Therefore by becoming EV-friendly, including: Austin, Los Angeles, Normal, Ill., and Mercer Island, Wash.
So some key examples of these local electric drive programs and policies include:
Austin: Austin Energy has created the first charging station network. All to be powered completely by renewable energy through Austin Energy’s GreenChoice© program.
: Mercer Island is promoting the MI Green Ribbon Commission Carbon Challenge
Los Angeles: Los Angeles Department of Water and Power
“Knowing that electricity is even cheaper in off-peak hours will inspire EV owners to charge during these times. Also it will decrease the stress placed on the power grid. This is offering efficient use of already available electric power that would otherwise be lost. This came from said Scott Briasco. He is manager of fleet environmental compliance and electric transportation for the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power.
EDTA offers some tips for how other communities can become more EV-friendly.
Partner with a local utility to offer rebates for customers. Customers who use home charging systems for their electric vehicle. Also to offer overall reduced rates for customers who are charging electric vehicles at home;
Offer a variety of incentives—such as tax credits. Also access to HOV lanes, fast-tracking permitting processes and/or free parking benefits. For consumers who purchase and drive an electric car.
Identify code changes for new construction to make it easier to install public charging stations. Finally:
Now fast forward to 2018. The electric drive market in the U.S. achieved an important milestone in October 2018. Thereby reaching one million sales of plug-in vehicles.
In less than a decade, an entirely new value chain has been established in this country and the benefits reach across multiple segments of the economy. The work is not done but this achievement marks a crucial step toward advanced mobility that enhances both our energy and economic security.
In conclusion, EDTA applauds the innovation and success of their members. As well as the diverse electric drive industry. All including the vehicle and component manufacturers, utilities, end-users and stakeholders. Ones that have made electric drive an integral part of our transportation system.