Electrification of the transportation sector (cars, trucks, buses, taxis, ports, etc.) provides an opportunity for states to save citizens money, increase local jobs and business, address national security concerns, improve public health and combat climate change. Real-world experience and studies show that these benefits are achievable, but proactive legislative action and state planning are needed to realize their full magnitude. Without an early and comprehensive approach, potential benefits will be lost.

Comprehensive legislation helps states plan, fund and integrate electrified transportation. Many states have addressed some of these areas but not all, or could use the opportunity to update existing legislation. Staff at the Regulatory Assistance Project have scoured state legislative and regulatory experience to assemble a complete and useful resource for legislators interested in accelerating electric vehicle deployment. This legislative kit includes the following:

Policy Guide

The policy guide provides legislators and their staff members an overview of electric vehicle issues and options. It begins by looking at the merits of EV legislation to answer the all-important question: “Why?” From there this resource outlines the “what” and “how” of the many issues and options. Armed with this, legislators and staff can dig into the detailed legislative options and supporting resources in the kit to craft a plan for electrification that saves consumers money, reduces environmental damage and meets the particular goals of their state.

Download here: Policy guide

Legislative Options

Each state has unique circumstances, culture and goals that make a one-size-fits-all legislative approach impractical and impossible. Some states may be starting from scratch while others have existing legislation. The legislative options found here offer a menu of choices for most provisions, allowing legislators to choose what works best for the circumstances in their state. Annotations explain the pros and cons of each provision and analyze the various options offered. Many of the provisions are based on existing legislation from across the United States but have been changed or edited to make them more widely applicable.

Download here: Legislative options

Fact Sheet and Presentation Slides

The two-page fact sheet outlines the benefits of electric vehicle legislation and describes four areas where states can take action. A PowerPoint presentation explains the various options and offers best practices for advancing electric vehicles. Legislators can use these materials as a starting point to explain the issues to their colleagues and constituents.

Download the two-pager here: Fact sheet

The presentation is available for download in two formats: a PDF and a PowerPoint document.

The Roadmap for Electric Transportation legislative kit was written by Camille Kadoch. Contributors include Frederick Weston, David Moskovitz and Mark LeBel.

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