The 50 States of Electric Vehicles: States Consider Over 400 Bills Related to Electric Vehicles During Q1 2020

Raleigh, N.C. – (May 7, 2020) The N.C. Clean Energy Technology Center (NCCETC) released its Q1 2020 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 47 states and the District of Columbia took actions related to electric vehicles and charging infrastructure during Q1 2020 (see figure below), with the greatest number of actions relating to rebate programs, additional fees, and charging station deployment.

A total of 461 electric vehicle actions were taken during Q1 2020, with the most active states being Hawaii, New Jersey, Minnesota, and New York. State lawmakers considered over 400 bills related to electric vehicles during the quarter.

The report discusses three trends in electric vehicle actions taken in Q1 2020: (1) additional electric vehicle registration fee proposals being largely unsuccessful so far in 2020, (2) state lawmakers considering bills authorizing utility investments in electric vehicle charging infrastructure, and (3) growing efforts to encourage charging station development at multi-family buildings.


Q1 2020 State and Utility Action on Electric Vehicles


“Many states have been considering additional registration fees for electric vehicles in order to address the reduction of gasoline tax revenue associated with increased EV adoption,” noted David Sarkisian, Senior Policy Analyst at NCCETC. “So far, these proposals have been largely unsuccessful this year, in contrast to last year when ten states adopted increased EV registration fees.”

The report notes five of the top policy developments of the quarter:

  • New Jersey lawmakers adopting ambitious electric vehicle targets;
  • The California Public Utilities Commission releasing its draft Transportation Electrification Framework;
  • The Utah State Legislature enacting multiple electric vehicle charging bills;
  • PacifiCorp filing its Transportation Electrification Plan with Oregon regulators; and
  • Virginia regulators approving Dominion Energy’s Smart Charging Infrastructure Pilot.

“State legislatures have been very active on electric vehicle issues this year, considering over 400 bills during the first quarter,” observed Autumn Proudlove, Senior Manager of Policy Research at NCCETC. “At least 18 bills have been enacted so far this year on topics ranging from studies to charging infrastructure deployment.”


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