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June 17, 2019
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Amid an expanding market, new policies and regulations, and frequent announcements of public and private investments, the transportation electrification space is in constant motion. We’re always adding new data and tools to EV Hub to enhance the user experience and track these dynamic issues. As part of this effort, we’re rolling out a new publicly available section on EV Hub to bring to light our insights on market developments. These data stories are often inspired by media coverage and lean heavily on data from EV Hub dashboards and valuable external resources.

Working within this evolving landscape is a central focus of this week’s Roadmap 12 conference hosted by Forth in Portland, Oregon. The event brings together leaders representing industry, government, and non-profit groups to discuss current issues and envision a future with widespread transportation electrification. This type of coordination among stakeholders is a key aspect of the industry that our data stories seek to illuminate.

In Portland, the transit agency TriMet is working with the utility Portland General Electric (PGE) to roll out the nation’s first wind-powered transit buses. TriMet will pay $228 per month for bundled renewable energy credits to ensure that the four buses run on clean energy. Buy-in from TriMet is critical to the success and future expansion of PGE’s renewable energy program, and the partnership ensures that the infrastructure is in place to absorb at least 80 electric buses over the next five years. Roughly 25 percent PGE’s total transportation electrification investment specifically targets mass transit.

Our Federal Transit Administration funding data reveals that we have a long way to go to successfully link electric transit buses and renewable energy. According to our Public Funding Awards Dashboard, only six states that have received federal funding to date specify that some of their buses will be charged with renewable energy. Programs that do make the connection are worth roughly $10 million together—less than five percent of the total funding distributed so far. While many more programs that are not included in this statistic seek to harness the potential of transportation electrification and renewable energy, cities like Portland are taking the lead by putting policy into action.

The TriMet and PGE collaboration demonstrates how utilities can increase the value proposition of electrifying transportation. With more than $560 million in approved investments across five states that include some focus on mass transit, electric utilities can play a vital role in achieving state climate and energy goals. You can learn more about the project in Portland and similar projects elsewhere at Roadmap 12 on June 18th and 19th.
 
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Iowa Awards $4.6 Million in VW Settlement Funding for Diesel and Propane Buses and Trucks

Iowa released information on the recipients of the state’s first cycle of VW Settlement funding on June 6, 2019. $4.6 million of the state’s $21 million total was awarded in this round. Grants include school buses, transit buses, freight trucks, and non-road vehicles. Only $200,000 or 4% of funds this cycle were awarded for electric off-road vehicles.

The second cycle of funding will be awarded later in 2019 and will prioritize zero emissions vehicles. Read More Here

New Jersey Announces Statewide EV Partnership and Awards $16 Million in VW Settlement Grants

On June 3, 2019, New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy announced the statewide Partnership to Plug-In to advance clean transportation targets and accelerate charging infrastructure deployment. This partnership will support the state’s goals to deploy more than 300,000 ZEVs by 2025.

This accompanies the announcement that the state will award an additional $16 million of the state’s total $72 million in VW settlement awards prioritizing off-road vehicle and freight truck electrification. All of the funding awarded by New Jersey has gone towards transportation electrification. Read More Here

Tennessee Allocates $8.8 Million of VW Settlement Funds for School Bus Replacement

On May 22, 2019, Tennessee announced the recipients of $8,854,685.42 in VW Settlement grants to replace older models of diesel school buses with newer and cleaner alternatives.

The funding will help replace 143 older diesel school buses with one electric, 68 diesel, 66 propane, and eight CNG school buses. 39 school districts across the state were selected to receive grants in this funding cycle. Read More Here

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Upcoming Events

The Roadmap Conference is the nation’s largest and most advanced annual conference on electric and smart mobility. Held each summer in the Pacific Northwest, Roadmap includes over 100 national and international speakers, dozens of exhibits, regional smart mobility tours, and high-energy interactive sessions. Expect to make connections with a diverse mix of key leaders in the industry, government, and utilities. Read More Here

June 18th-19th at The Oregon Convention Center in Portland, OR

Experts including Karma Automotive and The City of Columbus will address the business models underpinning mobility, to establish how TNCs, cities, public transit and automakers can work together to develop a sustainable model for intermodal mobility. Read More Here


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