Archive for the ‘Policy’ Category

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The Congressional Review Act and its potential impact on EV tax credits

In 2022, the federal government recognized the vital role of EVs in combating climate change, improving public health, and keeping the U.S. auto industry globally competitive. To spur EV adoption and increase Americans’ access to and the affordability of EVs, Congress passed legislation called the Inflation Reduction Act (IRA), which[…]

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Battery circularity: The key to an ethical and sustainable EV transition

Co-authored by Alexia Melendez Martineau, senior policy manager at Plug In America, and Raquel Dominguez, circular economy policy advocate at Earthworks The transition to electric transportation offers an incredible opportunity to create a circular battery economy – one in which end-of-life EV batteries are reused, repurposed, or recycled. Currently, transportation[…]

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Charging and Fueling Infrastructure Grants (Round 2)

In addition to the NEVI formula program, the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law entrusted the Joint Office to implement the Charging and Fueling Infrastructure (CFI) discretionary grant program. Unlike the NEVI formula funding, under this program, public entities such as states, local governments, housing authorities, schools, and tribes compete for grants to[…]

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National Electric Vehicle Infrastructure (NEVI) Charging Updates

Rome wasn’t built in a day, and a massive national infrastructure project to build out a network of Alternative Fuel Corridors across the country is no different. In general, infrastructure projects involve many stakeholders, include many complex steps and milestones, and can get hung up at any number of points[…]

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Charging on the Tesla Supercharging network with an adapter

Public charging access is growing by leaps and bounds, between expanded access to the Tesla Supercharger network and rapid deployment of new charging infrastructure. In the U.S., there is now a fast EV charging station for every 15 gas stations. Many chargers are coming online thanks to the National Electric[…]

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What EPA vehicle standards are and what they mean for you

On March 20, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced the final vehicle standards for cars, pickup trucks, and SUVs. These rules set progressively lower limits on tailpipe pollution on vehicles manufactured between 2027 and 2032.  EPA standards aren’t new. There are EPA vehicle standards in place right now. The recently[…]

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Understanding Demand Charges

Similar to other types of infrastructure, like highways, the electric power system is built to meet maximum demand. While a five-lane beltway may be nearly empty at four in the morning, all of those lanes are definitely being used during rush hour. Transmission operators and distribution utilities do the same[…]

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EV advocates support a just clean energy transition. The Mining Regulatory Clarity Act is not it.

The shift to electric vehicles is a tremendous win for air quality, public health, energy security, jobs, and the planet. Electrifying transportation is critical to addressing the climate crisis and cutting tailpipe emissions, both of which disproportionately harm Indigenous, Black, and other communities of color. As we transition to a[…]

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The signs of an EV future

As regular drivers, you’ve all seen signs along the highway pointing you to gas stations, food, and lodging. Now, you’ll be able to locate EV charging stations in the same way, using highway signage. Recently, the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) updated the national manual on what kind of signage can[…]

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From Recreation to Everyday Transport: The Growing Appeal of E-Bikes

Imagine a transportation option that has the fun and flexibility of a bike, is a fraction of the price of a car, can park almost anywhere for free, and produces almost zero climate-changing emissions. Sounds too good to be true, right? Think again. Meet the e-bike.     A battery and small[…]

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Starting Jan. 1, it will be easier and cheaper to buy a new or used EV

Beginning Jan. 1, 2024, the New Clean Vehicle Tax Credit (30D) and Used Clean Vehicle Tax Credit (25E) will be available at the time of sale from your local dealer because the tax credit can be transferred to the dealer.  What does this mean? It means that when you purchase[…]

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Setting New Standards for Clean Cars

A normal vehicle releases several tons of pollutants each year, which depends on the vehicle’s fuel, fuel economy, and how far it is driven annually. Improving vehicle technology and electric vehicles saves consumers money through reduced maintenance and fuel costs and improves air quality and public health. To continue unlocking[…]

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One Year Later, IRA Responsible for Tens of Thousands of American Jobs & Billions in Investment

Jobs, jobs, and more jobs. The transition to clean transportation and clean energy is well underway and one thing that we’re most excited about is the thousands of jobs that are being created to support the transition. As we approach the one-year anniversary of the Inflation Reduction Act (IRA), we[…]

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Road Usage Fees: A 3-Step Guide for Incorporating EVs

It’s that time of year again–long days and warm temperatures signal it’s time for the great American road trip. As drivers embark on cross-country adventures, we take for granted miles of open roads.  But who pays for these roads? You do, every time you pull up to the pump. States[…]

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