Electrification of the transportation sector — cars, trucks, buses, taxis and ports — provides an opportunity for states to save citizens money, create jobs, improve public health and combat climate change. High levels of EV adoption with smart charging can provide benefits to all of society — not just EV owners — and the power grid. To make the most of this opportunity, lawmakers must be proactive: Carefully crafted, comprehensive legislation can increase and accelerate the benefits of electrifying transportation.
Electrification of transportation represents a shift from the status quo, and it involves a number of complex issues. Recognizing this, RAP produced a Roadmap for Electric Transportation, which includes legislative examples of how states around the U.S. have approached transportation electrification. The Roadmap includes a policy guide, fact sheet and detailed legislative options as a resource for legislators and stakeholders.
In an interactive webinar, panelists Camille Kadoch, David Farnsworth, Mark LeBel and Frederick Weston explored the Roadmap in further detail, discussing the variety of ways states have addressed EV planning and incentives, removed barriers and empowered regulatory agencies as a means to increase transportation electrification. Clara Summers of the National Caucus of Environmental Legislators moderated the discussion.