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July 6, 2020
New House Infrastructure Package Proposes Federal Support for EVs
On July 1, the House of Representatives passed a $1.5 trillion infrastructure package called the Moving Forward Act (H.R. 2) that includes support for transportation electrification. House Democrats championed the effort as a critical step towards economic recovery amid a new flare up in COVID-19 cases. Only three House Republicans voted in favor of the spending plan and the bill is not expected to pass through the Republican-controlled Senate. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell pointed specifically to the stipulations supporting clean energy and transportation as a reason to oppose the package while Environment and Public Works Committee chair Senator Barrasso took issue with the Democrats lack of engagement with Republicans in crafting the bill.

The Moving Forward Act calls for sweeping support across an array of transportation electrification interventions and proposes $500 billion through the INVEST in America Act. At least $100 billion of this would go towards increased support for transit agencies including funding to accelerate deployment of electric transit buses. This investment would far exceed the support currently offered through Federal Low or No Emission (Low-No) Vehicles Program, which has awarded almost $480 million for ZEV transit buses since it began in 2015. The plan also aims to secure at least $6 billion for the U.S. Postal Service to help the agency make zero emission vehicles (ZEVs) make up 75 percent of new vehicle purchases by 2026. Building on the momentum of California’s Advanced Clean Trucks Rule that was passed on June 26th, the plan would also require all trucks purchased by the Postal Service after 2040 to be ZEVs.

The Act also includes proposals to expand the consumer EV tax credit and deploy EV charging along highway corridors and post office locations. In addition to raising the cap on automaker tax credits from 200,000 to 600,000 total EV sales, used EV buyers would be eligible for a tax credit of up to $2,500 if the plan is enacted. EV drivers could also benefit from more than $1.4 billion in additional investment in charging infrastructure.

Although the “green” elements of the Moving Forward Act are unlikely to make it through the Senate, the language of the plan signifies increased attention around equity and planning for climate resilience through investment in transportation electrification. The plan specifically highlights underserved communities as a clear priority for investments in clean transportation, echoing the regulations and utility programs in California. Utility programs worth more than $1 billion include a focus on underserved communities and 90 percent of these funds are from electric utilities in the Golden State.

Overall, more evidence has emerged that utility investment in transportation electrification is pushing electricity rates down for their customers. A recently updated report from Synapse Energy Economics found that between 2012 and 2019, EV drivers in the Southern California Edison and Pacific Gas and Electric service territories have contributed $806 million in revenue above associated costs.

Democrats in the House are looking to emulate California’s utility and EV policy leadership at the national level. Drawing on similarities to California’s ZEV Program, the House Select Committee on the Climate Crisis has released a separate action plan calling to electrify 100 percent of passenger vehicles sales by 2035 and eliminate the country’s greenhouse gas emissions from all sources by 2050. Both the action plan and the Moving Forward Act seek to chart a course for economic recovery that prioritizes American manufacturing and employment in the clean energy and transportation sectors. Stay tuned as we work to release data on employment and investment associated with domestic EV manufacturing in a new dashboard in the coming weeks.
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West Coast Clean Transit Corridor Initiative Final Study Released

The West Coast Clean Transit Initiative, a network of nine electric utilities and two public agencies representing more than two dozen municipal utilities, published their final report on June 17, 2020. The report outlines key findings from a study assessing the prospect of implementing EV charging fro freight trucks along the entire stretch of Interstate 5. The study recommends a phased approach for electrifying the I-5 corridor. At least 27 stations spaced out at 50-mile intervals would be included in phase one of the roll out which will take place through 2025. Read More Here

U.S. DOT Awards $130 Million for Electric Transit Buses in 40 States

The United States Department of Transportation awarded $130 million for electric transit buses and supporting infrastructure through the Low- or No-Emission (Low-No) Grant program on June 2, 2020. The awards were spread over 40 states and Washington D.C. and will help transit agencies accelerate the electrification of their fleets. The 2020 funding cycle is the largest yet for the Low-No program, which has contributed almost $480 million to transit bus electrification since 2015. Read More Here

Washington Awards $12 million from the VW Settlement for 40 Electric School Buses

On April 29, 2020, the Washington State Department of Ecology awarded $12 million from the state’s federal VW Settlement allocation to fund 40 electric school buses across the state. This award makes Washington the 14th state to commit settlement funds to school bus electrification. In addition to school buses, Washington has awarded more than $13 million for electric transit buses. It is also the first and only state to invest in hybrid electric ferry boats, awarding a total of $35 million to replace three of the state’s largest vessels in September 2019. Read More Here

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The Open Charge Point Protocol (OCPP) is the global standard for communication between charging stations and charging station management systems. It is a living protocol – created and evaluated by OCA-members – that is focused on innovation and ease-of-use. OCPP also gives the opportunity to customize your own implementation. In this Webinar, OCA will explain the different approaches that can be used to exchange custom information. They will explain the customization options in OCPP1.6 and OCPP2.0.1. Read more here.

July 7th @ 1pm EST

The Open Charge Point Protocol (OCPP) describes the information exchange between a charging station and a charging station management system during a charging transaction. In this webinar, Open Charge Alliance (OCA) will explain the transaction mechanisms in OCPP1.6 and OCPP2.0.1, the differences between them and examples of how to apply these mechanisms to best suite your purpose or business case. Read more here.

July 8th @ 1pm EST

The Climate Group and WBCSD will be hosting a webinar on ‘Corporate Fleet Electrification 101’, on July 14 at 10:00 AM – 11:00 AM EDT. As we prepare to emerge from the COVID-19 crisis and adapt to the ‘new normal’, calls for a ‘green recovery’ are getting increasing support across the political spectrum, from businesses, civil society organizations and the public. Read more here.

July 14th @ 10am EST

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