As the EV market moves from the early adopter to the mass market stage, smart and supportive policies can help to accelerate the widespread adoption of EVs at the local and state levels.

The latest version (5.0) launched in January 2023 and features a new name that reflects the current environment: AchiEVe: Model Policies to Accelerate Electric Vehicle Adoption. In addition to the latest information on state and local EV policies, the toolkit has a section focused on the billions of dollars in funding from the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act (IIJA) and the Inflation Reduction Act (IRA); tribal governments; micro-mobility; and state and national parks.

The toolkit shows the power of bold and strategic policies for vehicle electrification, highlighting several detailed examples from locations across the nation where policies are working.

The 4.0 version of the AchiEVe: Transition to EVs Policy Toolkit, launched in August 2020, is the most comprehensive menu of EV policy options available. The toolkit details the policies that all stakeholders should look to adopt, including Governor’s offices, state agencies, transit agencies, businesses, cities & local governments, utilities & their regulators, and community leaders. The 4.0 version of the toolkit includes an even broader menu of policy options, such as policies for battery recycling programs, solutions to dealer training on EVs, more equity focused programs, and much more. The 4.0 version of the toolkit is a collaboration between Plug In America, the Sierra Club, the Electrification Coalition and Forth.

In September 2019, Plug In America and the Sierra Club launched the 3.0 version of the AchiEVe: Transition to EVs Policy Toolkit. The 3.0 version includes updated policies and best practices, and new sections on used EV incentives and ride-share EV programs.

In June 2018, Plug In America and the Sierra Club launched the 2.0 version of the AchiEVe: Transition to EVs Policy Toolkit. This version updates the best practice policies from the 1.0 version, and includes brand new sections on expanding access to charging stations, expanding equity and access, and promoting consumer education and protection. Templates for specific policies are also provided, where appropriate, to assist EV advocates in adopting and implementing the policy.

The AchiEVe: Transition to EVs Policy Toolkit provides examples of states and cities with these effective policies. In order to build an electric future today, a template for each of these seven policies is also linked within the document that can be downloaded and modified to fit the precise needs for a particular state or community. These templates are based on the current best practice for that particular policy.

As the EV market and EV policy evolves, this toolkit will be updated to continually reflect the best practices for EV policy.

Access past versions of the toolkit:


AchiEVe Policy Toolkit – Version 4.o


AchiEVe Policy Toolkit – Version 3.o


AchiEVe Policy Toolkit – Version 2.o


AchiEVe Policy Toolkit – Version 1.o

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