From Portland, Oregon to Portland, Maine, Barry Woods has advocated for supportive policies for electric vehicles (EVs) at every level of government, on a range of EV issues, and in a number of different roles. In short, Barry has seen it all.
Getting his start early in the EV sector, Woods was a charter member of Drive Oregon and began driving his first EV, a Nissan Leaf, a decade ago. He held the position of interim executive director at Drive Oregon, which eventually became Forth Mobility. In Oregon, he worked on a variety of policies including the “charging bill of rights,” giving residents of multi-unit dwellings access to charging at home, and alternative solutions to funding the roads as EVs grow in adoption—an issue that has popped up in many states now.
After moving to Maine, in 2016, Woods formed Drive Electric Maine, a stakeholder group aimed at collaborating on EV policies and programs, with representatives from health associations, workers unions, auto dealers, the tourism industry, and environmental organizations. In Maine, he has also testified on EV incentives, charging infrastructure incentives, and fair road user fees, and has been a leader on the transportation working group within the Maine Climate Council. In addition to these volunteer advocacy efforts, Woods is currently the director of electric vehicle innovation for ReVision Energy, advising clients on charging infrastructure paired with clean energy.
In our conversation with Woods, he discusses the politicization of EVs and hot-button issues like EV fees, how EV drivers can best take action in this policy space, and shares some unique insights from his many years of experience working from coast to coast on EV policies.