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November 4, 2019
Regulatory Skirmishes Dominate a Quarter Marked by Lower EV Sales
Source: EV Hub
U.S. EV sales were down 21 percent in the third quarter compared to the same period in 2018. This marks the first quarterly decline in sales since the third quarter of 2015. Even Tesla has experienced declining growth with Model 3 sales down 19 percent compared to last year. Despite this drop, Tesla still accounts for almost 60 percent of U.S. EV sales in 2019 and the automaker continues to surpass their own records for global deliveries.

Declining sales has not seemed to slow down automakers commitments to transportation electrification investment. More than $830 million in new private investment was announced in the third quarter, adding to the total $348 billion in private investment tracked by the EV Hub. One third, $277 million, of the new announcements fall in the medium- and heavy-duty vehicle sector. The EV charging market also continues to grow with new investments from charging service providers including Volta Charging. Increasing private and public investment in charging infrastructure is helping to improve the business case for hosting charging stations. New York is one of the leading states for total EV charging deployment and a recently published report from Atlas and the New York State Energy Research and Development Agency (NYSERDA) reveals pathways to profitability for station hosts.

While all of the major automakers have committed some amount of investment to electrification, the battle around emissions standards is beginning to reveal a divide between these companies in the policy space. In July, four automakers including VW, Ford, BMW, and Honda signed onto an agreement with California to maintain existing emissions standards that are stricter than the rolled-back emission standards expected to be proposed by the Trump administration. The Trump administration blocked this move by revoking California’s authority to pursue independent emissions standards, prompting the Golden State and 23 other states to sue the U.S. EPA in late September. Diverging from this group, several automakers including GM, Toyota, and Fiat-Chrysler recently announced their support of the Trump administration’s proposed rollback of the Obama-era regulations.

The group of automakers siding with California has committed almost $112 billion to electrification compared to the $34 billion committed by the three siding with the Trump administration. A majority of this gap between these two groups is accounted for by VW’s $94 billion dedicated to accelerating the company’s electrification efforts following the fallout from their emissions scandal. Penalties paid by the automaker to the settlement’s Environmental Mitigation Trust are also contributing to transportation electrification around the United States. Almost $32 million out of the total $52 million in VW Settlement funding awards announced in the third quarter will go towards EVs and charging infrastructure.

In the absence of leadership from the federal government, states are stepping up their electrification efforts to accelerate regional markets. In the third quarter, Colorado became the 11th state to join the California-led ZEV program and both Minnesota and New Mexico announced plans to consider joining the program. States like Colorado have also led on new legislation, including policies directing electric utilities in the state to propose transportation electrification plans. Xcel Energy submitted a new filing in the state in the third quarter worth nearly $4.4 million. Nationwide, electric utilities were approved to invest more than $148 million in programs supporting transportation electrification in three states. A major rejection of several programs proposed by National Grid in Massachusetts led to the denial of $154 million in potential third quarter investments from electric utilities. Atlas’s Electric Utility Filing Bi-Annual Update published in September recounts the activity through the first half of the year.

Join us for our webinar on November 19th at 2 p.m. EST where we cover these and other findings from the third quarter in greater detail.
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Michigan Awards $4.2 million in VW Settlement Money for Electric School Buses

On September 12, 2019, the Michigan Department of Environment, Great Lakes, and Energy (EGLE) announced an award of roughly $4.2 million to go towards the Michigan Association for Pupil Transportation Electric School Bus Pilot Project. The first buses are expected to be in operation by Fall 2019 and will be deployed in areas that suffer disproportionate air pollution burdens. The buses will also be equipped with technology to enable bi-directional vehicle-to-grid power exchange. 

This pilot program represents the first school bus award made by the state through the VW Settlement funds. Michigan is only the fifth state to use settlement funds to invest in electric school buses. This award more than doubles the $4 million of VW Settlement funds invested in this technology to date. Read More Here

California Energy Commission Approves $95 Million for EV Charging and Alternative Fuel Infrastructure

On September 11, 2019, the California Energy Commission (CEC) announced the approval of $95 million in new investments to go towards clean transportation programs throughout the state. The investments will contribute to CEC’s Clean Transportation Program that seeks to accelerate progress towards the state’s climate and clean transportation goals.

The $62.7 million being invested in EV charging infrastructure increases the state’s total public funding for EV charging to almost $200 million according to the Public Funding Awards dashboardRead More Here

Washington State Launches $2.25 Million Charging Infrastructure Program for Government Agencies

On September 4, 2019, the Washington State Department of Ecology announced a new round of VW Settlement funding targeting state and local government facilities. The program seeks to accelerate EV adoption in both public and private vehicle fleets throughout the state by expanding access to public charging sited at government facilities

Overall, 15 percent of the state’s total funds, roughly $16 million, is available to expand the charging network. Read More Here

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The emergence of electric scooters into the roadways has changed the landscape of first and last mile transportation in cities. At this webinar, Forth's Sr. Director of Public Affairs and Policy will be joined by guest speakers to discuss current policies around micromobility guidelines and how city and state regulations can create safe streets while meeting sustainability, safety, and economic goals. Read More Here

November 12th @ 10am PDT

The emergence of electric scooters into the roadways has changed the landscape of first and last mile transportation in cities. At this webinar, Forth's Sr. Director of Public Affairs and Policy will be joined by guest speakers to discuss current policies around micromobility guidelines and how city and state regulations can create safe streets while meeting sustainability, safety, and economic goals. Read More Here

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Daimler Trucks North America is at the forefront of heavy-duty fleet electrification and is revolutionizing transportation electrification in Oregon. Forth's November networking event will be hosted at the DTNA corporate headquarters in Portland, Oregon. Forth will be joined by leaders in DTNA’s Electric Mobility Group to discuss future strategies for managing the increasingly heavy electrical load. Read More Here

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