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April 8, 2019
U.S. EV Market Decelerates
Source: EV Hub
Growth in the electric vehicle (EV) market has slowed in the first quarter of 2019. While this year’s Q1 sales are 10 percent higher than last year, 2018 Q1 sales were 32 percent higher than in 2017. March marks the second straight month of low growth compared to the same time period last year.
EVs have been affected by an industry-wide slowdown with total auto sales down three percent in March.  After peaking at almost four percent of total U.S. light-duty vehicle sales in November 2018, EVs accounted for just under two percent of March sales based on data from Automotive News and the EV Hub. Some have attributed the slowdown to Tesla’s first quarter focus on the European and Chinese markets. Over 5,000 Model 3 deliveries in Norway alone helped the country achieve over 58 percent of EV sales as a percentage of total light-duty sales for March.
Slow growth has not seemed to hinder private sector investment in the EV industry. Automakers have responded to public pressure by increasing investment in electrification. Over $1.2 billion in combined investment from Ford and GM is expected to produce new long range EVs at affordable prices. Declining EV sticker prices could help spur growth in the industry. A recent report from the International Council on Clean Transportation (ICCT) estimates that average all-electric vehicle purchase prices could fall below those of conventional fuel vehicles within five to 10 years. The analysis attributes this to declining battery pack prices. From a fuel savings standpoint, total cost of ownership for an all-electric vehicle is already lower than conventional vehicles in some cases.
On another front, the U.S. government looks poised to develop a coordinated effort to expand American influence within the EV supply chain to compete with China’s hold over the global minerals trade and battery industry. China currently accounts for over two thirds of lithium-ion battery production. Proposed efforts would expand the search for domestic deposits of lithium as well as research into new extraction methods and investment in recycling.
A domestic market for lithium could bring battery prices down faster, accelerating the cost parity timelines projected by the ICCT. Track developments in policy and the EV and charging market on the EV Hub and stay tuned for our full report on the first quarter sales and other market activity coming later this month.
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EV Hub News

Indiana Announces Round One RFP for VW Settlement Funding

Indiana announced the first round RFP for VW Settlement funding on March 27, 2019. This RFP is administered by the Indiana Department of Environmental Management (IDEM) and will remain open until June 17, 2019. $9.8 million of the total $40.1 million allocated to the state will be available during this round of funding. 

Only school buses have funding specifically set aside to support electrification, for a total of $850,000, although electric vehicles are allowable as replacements for the other project categories. Read More Here

New Jersey Announces VW Settlement Funding for EV Charging and Electric Transit Buses

On February 28, 2019, the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection announced that $11.2 M of the state’s VW Environmental Mitigation Trust Funds had been allocated to electric vehicle charging stations and electric transit buses.

NJ TRANSIT will receive $8 million to purchase eight new electric transit buses to be used in the City of Camden. The remaining $3.2 million will fund 827 charging ports at 533 charging stations across the state as part of the It Pay$ to Plug In program. The funding will support 40 Level 1 charging stations, 487 Level 2 charging stations, and 6 DC fast charging stations. Read More Here

Hawaii Releases Draft Mitigation Plan

On Friday March 1st, the Hawaii  State Energy Office published its Beneficiary Mitigation Plan. The plan was submitted to the Wilmington Trust back on January 9th but was only recently made publicly accessible on their website. Electrification accounted for 66 percent of the state’s $8.12 million from the settlement. Read More Here

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Upcoming Events

Forth's TNC Campaign is targeted at rideshare drivers to increase awareness and educate drivers on the benefits of driving electric. The webinar will discuss the successes and challenges of current campaigns to electrify shared mobility. Read More Here

April 9th @ 10:00am PST 

Public stakeholder workgroup meetings will be held at six locations throughout California 
between April 11, 2019, and May 6, 2019. During the public workgroup meetings, staff will 
discuss funding available for each project category under the VW settlement as well as the solicitation process and timeline. Read More Here

April 11th @ 10:00am PST in Sacramento, CA at the EPA Headquarters 

The Alaska Energy Authority will host a webinar on the VW Settlement School Bus Replacement program application process and the EPA Diesel Emission Calculator tool. Read More Here

April 11th @ 1:30pm AKDT 

The Smart Cities Council is hosting Smart Cities Week in San Diego, California from April 15th-17th, 2019. Smart Cities Week aims to facilitate multi-stakeholder dialogue and networking. The conference will be focusing on smart infrastructure for equitable communities. Read More Here

April 15th-17th in the Marriot Marquis San Diego Marina 

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