View this email in your browser
April 15, 2019
States Push Forward as Federal Policy Wavers
Source: Associated Press
Progress towards rolling back Obama-era fuel economy standards has generated uncertainty across the auto industry. Issued in 2012, the standards require an increase in overall fuel efficiency for light-duty vehicles to around 50 mpg by model year 2025. A rollback would freeze progress, lowering the requirement to 37 mpg. California has already indicated it intends to stand by the tougher standards and is likely to take at least 11 other states along with it.

Uncertainty in the EV market is amplified by the push and pull between deregulation on the one hand and a possible expansion of the federal EV tax credit on the other. On top of this, an increasing number of states are considering adding or increasing annual registration fees for EVs. All of this uncertainty does not bode well for the market in light of weakening EV sales.

Several automakers oppose the proposition to roll back standards, arguing that a split market would create a logistical nightmare with different models being sold in different states. Ford, GM, Volkswagen, Fiat-Chrysler, Honda, Toyota, Nissan, and Tesla have all signed on in support of the bipartisan Driving America Forward Act, which would raise the current cap of electric vehicle sales from 200,000 to 600,000 before tax credit phase out begins. This would likely provide a boost to both Tesla and GM who have entered the phase out period already.

Despite support from the auto industry and two prominent Senate, it appears unlikely that the tax credit expansion will move forward. Beyond easing emissions standards, the Trump Administration is seeking to strip states like California of the waiver it received to set their own standards, a unique authority given to the Golden State under the Clean Air Act. This puts many automakers between the Trump Administration and state governments, but also puts states in a position to lead the charge on EV policy.

Nine states have adopted California’s ZEV program standards requiring automakers to reach state-specific goals for EV sales and adoption. That number may soon increase to 12 total states with the addition of Colorado earlier this year and indication that New Mexico will also join. According to our state EV sales dashboard, 64 percent of all EV sales occur in ZEV states, largely due to California’s whopping 48 percent share of the national EV market.

Legal battles on the horizon will likely extend the timeline before any changes take shape, but regulatory uncertainty is not a welcome reality for an already sluggish auto industry. Automakers want to maintain a 50-state vehicle market to maintain operating efficiencies and realize a return on their existing investments, like electrification.
Explore the Laws & Regulations Dashboard
New Road Network Funding Dashboard Now Available!
We're constantly adding new datasets to the EV Hub as well as improving your access to key data. We've just added the Road Network Funding dashboard which shows EV fees, estimates revenue from state gasoline taxes, and outlines how roads are funded at the state level nationwide relying on the Federal Highway Administration’s Highway Statistics Series. Included in this dashboard is an estimate of gasoline tax revenue from passenger vehicles by state based on average vehicle miles traveled. Please let us know what you think! 

Reminder: check out our Release Notes to see what's changed on EV Hub.
Explore the Dashboard
We're Hiring!
Atlas Public Policy is looking for a highly qualified senior policy analyst to join our exciting policy tech startup. 

A qualified person must be sharp, ambitious, passionate, and capable of adapting to the evolving demands at Atlas. We’re DC-based, but you don’t have to be. Currently, we’re working on several projects to accelerate the deployment of advanced vehicles and mobility services in the United States and are actively expanding into other public policy areas. Experience in electric power, climate, and/or transportation and curiosity about other public policy issues is a must.
See the Full Job Posting and Apply
Registration Discount for Roadmap 12
Register now for Roadmap 12!

Atlas has partnered with Forth on Roadmap 12, the best electric vehicle conference in the United States (in our opinion!). Join us from June 18-19 in beautiful Portland, Oregon for a graduate course in electric vehicle deployment and to advance transportation electrification efforts across the nation.

Use our special discount code (ATLAS) to receive $75 off your registration fee. Find out more and register today online at http://roadmapforth.org/

Register Now With the Atlas Link
Media Pulse
PUBLIC POLICY FEATURED HEAVILY IN LAST WEEK'S NEWS
Our choice clips from last week:
View Our Media Stories Dashboard
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

Catch Up On EV Hub News Alerts
Job Openings
Below are current job openings in transportation electrification: If you have a job posting you would like to share with EV Hub users, please send them to us in an email at info@atlasevhub.com.
Upcoming Events

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 

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 16th @ 10:00am PST in Fresno, CA at the SJVAPCD Headquarters 

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 17th @ 10:00am PST in Diamond Bar, CA at the SCAQMD Headquarters 

Forth is hosting a networking reception ahead of the ACT Expo. Connect with fellow conference attendees and get the latest scoop on their efforts to promote electric, shared and autonomous mobility. Read More Here

April 22nd @ 7:00 to 8:30pm PST in Gladstone's, Long Beach, CA 

The Advanced Clean Transportation (ACT) Expo, a conference and expo showcasing transportation technologies, will be held in Long Beach, CA from April 23-26, 2019. This year connected vehicle technologies, fuel efficiency improvement strategies and equipment, and drivetrain electrification will be the key focal points. Read More Here

April 23rd-26th @ 3:00 pm PST in Long Beach Convention Center

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 23rd @ 10:00am PST in Redding, CA at the Hilton Garden Inn 

View Our Events Calendar
Website
Email
Twitter
LinkedIn
Some EV Hub Content is Only Accessible for EV Hub Members 

Copyright © 2019 Atlas Public Policy, All rights reserved.



Want to change how you receive these emails?
You can update your preferences or unsubscribe from this list.

Email Marketing Powered by Mailchimp