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Accelerating Electric Vehicle Readiness: How Cities and Towns Can Prepare for the Electrification of Transportation

The electrification of personal vehicles is underway. Municipalities must take action now to both accelerate the adoption of electric vehicles (EVs) by their citizens and to prepare for the inevitable market shift and make the transition as easy as possible for all parties. There are a number of policies and incentives that cities and towns can implement to prepare for and catalyze EV adoption. However, very few municipalities are integrating these policies into laws, rules, and city and town plans. Planners need clear guidance—through a policy roadmap or guide, and through coordination with regional planning commissions and local community organizations—to integrate EV-ready policies at the municipal scale.

Led by IEE’s Ben Jervey, the Clean Transportation Team is currently working on such a policy roadmap to help cities and towns become EV-ready. The report will include descriptions of various policies and incentives available, case studies and best practices from around the country, model codes and ordinances. This will be the first comprehensive catalog of municipal-level EV policies nationwide.

Several of Vermont Law School’s EV charging stations.

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