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June 22, 2020
Seattle Installing DCFC for Ride-Hail Drivers
Cities from Seattle to New York are working to reduce the impact of ride-hail trips provided by transportation network companies (TNCs) like Uber and Lyft. According to the Union of Concerned Scientists, ride-hail vehicles account for 69 percent more climate pollution than the trips they replace. These findings confirmed the sense of urgency already felt around ride-hail electrification as the TNCs themselves and city departments accelerate work to increase EV adoption by drivers on these platforms.

Answering the call from local government and advocacy groups, Lyft joined the EV100 network on June 17th and announced a commitment to electrify their entire service by 2030. In addition to converting all of Lyft’s rental and autonomous vehicles to EVs, the company will work directly with drivers to ensure all personal vehicles on the platform are also electrified. Lyft plans to achieve this by advocating for “policies to accelerate EV cost parity” and leveraging outreach and education campaigns to “build demand for EVs” throughout the Lyft network.

Increasing access to cheap and convenient charging is also part of Lyft’s strategy to slash the overall cost of driving EVs. Fortunately for the TNCs, four cities are participating in a project called EV Shared Mobility and are already deploying DC fast charging to reduce the time TNC drivers spend refueling and maximize the time they spend providing rides. As part of the project, co-led by Atlas, Seattle has already deployed eight new public DC fast charging stations and is planning to install four more, as is outlined in the Seattle Project Living Case Study released on June 18th.

The Seattle Department of Transportation (SDOT) is working with Seattle City Light to deploy a total of 20 DC fast charging stations across the city through September 2021. Seattle has developed their own methodology for siting these stations through the EVSE Dynamic Siting Tool which is detailed in the EVSE Roadmap for Electric Shared Mobility. The Roadmap also includes goals to collect community input around transportation needs as well as ensure ride-hail services complement public transit systems.

Charging infrastructure deployment is just one of the tools the city is using to reduce the barriers to electrification for ride-hail drivers. Seattle is also focused on enhancing EV awareness within the TNC driver community. The Puget Sound Clean Air Agency (PSCAA)’s Western Washington Clean Cities (WWCC) is leading this effort and collecting information on driver’s needs and key concerns around EVs. Before the pandemic put a halt to in-person events, WWCC engaged more than 190 drivers in outreach events.   

The impacts of the pandemic extend beyond the postponing of outreach events. Seattle, like all cities participating in the EV Shared Mobility project, has had to grapple with significant declines in public transit and shared mobility usage due to COVID-19. This includes a drop in charging sessions at both city-installed stations and across major charging networks. Both EVgo and Electrify America reported usage declines greater than 50 percent on their networks from the beginning of shelter-in-place orders in mid-March through mid-April. We will be publishing the charging session data for the EV Shared Mobility project in an interactive data dashboard on the project website, www.evsharedmobility.org, in the coming weeks and preparing a special report on how each partner is adapting their projects to the realities of COVID-19.
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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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Plug In America has invited our colleagues at similar EV driver associations in the Netherlands, Norway, and Scotland to join us for a discussion about how EV adoption is taking place in different countries and what we can learn from one another. We will look at policies, the EV market, charging infrastructure, and consumers’ attitudes toward electric vehicles. Read more here.

June 23rd @ 1pm EST

This panel will describe what bidirectional vehicles are and their capabilities. At a high level, the webinar will discuss innovative new business models that integrate energy and transportation as a single, dynamic, symbiotic system. We will explore innovative ways to think about electric vehicle charging infrastructure and bidirectional electric vehicles. Read more here.

June 24th @ 12pm EST

This panel will describe how bidirectional vehicles will be integrated into the grid, the technologies involved, and where it’s already happening. The webinar will discuss how bidirectional electric vehicles could be an important asset to the grid and to other energy customers, and how they could provide reliability, resilience, and introduce new revenue streams while supporting smart grid investments. Read more here.

June 25th @ 12pm EST

How will future vehicle Zero Emission Vehicles (ZEV) fleet scenarios affect emissions of criteria pollutants, mobile source air toxics, and greenhouse gases? TRB will conduct a webinar on Tuesday, June 30 from 1:00 PM to 3:00 PM that will discuss research on future vehicle fleet scenarios’ effect on emissions. Read more here.

June 30th @ 1pm EST

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