The 50 States of Electric Vehicles Q1 2019 Update Report: Nearly Every State Addressed Electric Vehicles During Q1 2019
Raleigh, NC – (May 8, 2019) The N.C. Clean Energy Technology Center (NCCETC) released its Q1 2019 update edition of The 50 States of Electric Vehicles. The quarterly series provides insights on state regulatory and legislative discussions and actions on electric vehicles and charging infrastructure.
The report finds that 48 states and the District of Columbia took actions related to electric vehicles and charging infrastructure during Q1 2019 (see figure below), with the greatest number of actions relating to fees, rebate programs and charging station deployment.
A total of 458 electric vehicle actions were taken during Q1 2019 – more than NCCETC observed over the entirety of 2018. The report discusses three trends in electric vehicle actions taken in Q1 2019: (1) states considering aggressive electric vehicle and zero-emission vehicle targets, (2) regulators examining ownership models for charging infrastructure, and (3) state legislatures addressing transportation infrastructure funding.
Q1 2019 State and Utility Action on Electric Vehicles
“As electric vehicle adoption increases, many state legislatures are considering the impact of electric vehicles on gasoline tax revenues and transportation infrastructure funding,” noted Allison Carr, Clean Transportation Specialist at NCCETC. “Already this year, at least five states have adopted new or increased registration fees, and some states are considering other options like vehicle miles traveled fees or surcharges on electricity used for vehicle charging.”
The report notes five of the top policy developments of the quarter:
- The Maryland Public Service Commission approving a suite of electric vehicle programs;
- Arizona regulators adopting an electric vehicle policy statement;
- Missouri and Wisconsin regulators opening electric vehicle investigatory proceedings;
- New Mexico legislators passing a major transportation electrification bill; and
- Five states – Alabama, Arkansas, Kansas, North Dakota, and Wyoming – adopting new or increased electric vehicle registration fees.
“A parallel movement to the power sector’s 100% clean energy trend is beginning to emerge in the transportation sector,” observed Autumn Proudlove, Senior Manager of Policy Research at NCCETC. “Several states are considering bills establishing targets for all state vehicles to be zero-emission vehicles, and some legislatures are considering targets that extend to all vehicles sold in the state.”
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