Which is essentially the most EV-friendly US state? Check out the rating
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If you’ve ever wondered where it’s easier to own an electric vehicle, a nonprofit just released a table that gives you the latest government rankings. The nonprofit and impartial American Council for an Energy Efficient Economy (ACEEE) held the State Transportation Electrification Scorecard It rates the US states on their progress in using and charging electric vehicles by residents and businesses.
The Scorecard found California the clear leader among the states, scoring 91 or 100 possible points. The top 10 were rounded off by New York (63.5 points), Washington, DC (59), Maryland (56), Massachusetts (54.5), Washington (54), Vermont (54), Colorado (48), Oregon (47), and New Jersey (44). Some states (20) didn’t do that well, scoring 15 points or less.
The state-by-state scorecard
The key attributes measured in the ranking (a total of 40 were evaluated) were:
- Plan for more EVs and EV charging options.
- Incentives such as discounts, tax credits and grants for electric commercial vehicles,
- Buy electric transit buses with federal funds,
- Offer of utility programs with lower electric charge rates at preferred times and
- Utility funding to advance the adoption of electric vehicles and electric vehicles in low-income areas and in environmental justice communities that have suffered disproportionately from environmental damage.
“The move to electric vehicles is critical to the climate and reducing costs for households and businesses,” said Bryan Howard, director of government at ACEEE and general rapporteur. “Leading nations are welcoming this transition, but many more are just beginning as automakers prepare a number of new electric models.”
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Policies that move electric vehicles
ACEEE has identified three directives that it believes will have the greatest impact on the adoption of electric vehicles:
- Zero-Emission-Vehicle (ZEV) mandates and EV operational goals,
- Financial incentives for vehicle purchases and
- Incentives to install vehicle chargers.
The report’s authors also found that there is plenty of room for improvement in most states. It was found that 12 states have adopted California’s ZEV mandate for electric vehicle sales and many tax credits or discounts offered to encourage electric vehicle purchases. Some had non-financial incentives such as lone driver access to high occupancy vehicle (HOV) lanes.
For states not near the top of the Scorecard, the report recommends a number of basic steps to become more EV friendly. States should first initiate extensive planning efforts with specific objectives, assess progress, collect data, and include outsourcing or additional funding for low-income, economically disadvantaged or environmentally friendly communities.
While no one could touch California in the west, each region of the country had its own guides. Ranked second overall, New York led the Northeast due to its strong incentives and state and utility support for charging infrastructure. The state has also directed a significant part of its investments to socio-economically disadvantaged and disadvantaged communities.
California’s support for Tesla helped make the company the best-selling electric vehicle
Washington, DC and Virginia both performed well in the Southeast. Both have invested heavily in vehicle and charging incentives. In the Midwest, Minnesota was the top scorer. While the state supports the infrastructure for charging buildings, it is also ready to pass the California ZEV regulation. In the mountain west, Colorado had the highest score. The company’s goal is to have 940,000 electric vehicles on its roads by 2030 and is investing heavily in charging infrastructure for electric vehicles.
Information for the Scorecard was collected from centralized databases / information sources, internet research, and feedback from subject matter experts and government contacts during an external review process.
ACEEE found that transportation is the largest source of greenhouse gas emissions in the United States. Electric cars, buses and trucks reduce greenhouse gas emissions and local air pollution.
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Published on February 9, 2021 – 22:00 UTC