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June 1, 2021
More than $2.6 Billion in Public Funding for EVs
Source: EV Hub
This is Conner Smith signing off of the EV Hub Weekly Digests. It has been a pleasure providing more than 100 of these weekly updates to you all over the last two years and I leave the newsletter in capable hands as I prepare for my next adventure in graduate school. I may be leaving but I’m sure I’ll still be searching for the latest EV news every week … So long for now, feel free to reach out to me at connermuir@berkeley.edu! 

EV funding continues to take center stage as the Biden Administration and Senate Democrats grapple with Senate Republicans over infrastructure spending. Senate Republicans continue to take aim at EV-related spending propositions in Biden’s American Jobs Plan, offering counterproposals that would slash EV spending from $174 billion to just $4 billion. In addition to spending plans under the American Jobs Plan, the recently advanced Clean Energy for America Act could deliver a significant boost to the federal EV tax credit if passed.

In the meantime, states will continue to lead on EV policy as they have for the better part of the last five years. For the back half of the 2010s, state governments were at the helm of transportation electrification funding and policy in the United States. Our new data story shows that funding for EVs and EV charging exploded in 2018 with more than 95 percent of the $2 billion in all-time state government funding for EVs and EV charging occurring between January 2018 and May 2021. Roughly $600 million has been allocated to the states through recurring federal programs like the federal Low or No (Low-No) Emission Bus Program between 2015 and 2020. In most cases, states with the highest government funding for transportation electrification are also the states with the most supportive policies. This includes California, New York, New Jersey, and Washington, a group that claims 70 percent of all public funding for EVs and EV charging.

Excluding federal programs, more funding has already been awarded to EVs in the first five months of 2021 compared to all of 2020. Awards made so far in 2021 represent 57 percent of the awards made in 2019, the highest year on record for state EV funding. EV charging awards make up the majority of state funding for transportation electrification since the beginning of 2018 with over $700 million awarded.

Funding awards through the Volkswagen Settlement continue to serve as an important source of funding for transportation electrification in the United States. Across the country, $920 million in Volkswagen Settlement awards have been made, with 51 percent going towards EVs. This represents roughly 32 percent of the total amount allocated to the states, meaning that just under 70 percent of these funds remain unspent. In the case of both Colorado and Illinois, executive action has been taken to dedicate all remaining Settlement funding to EVs. Other states like Virginia, which was highlighted in the previous data story for policy leadership in 2021, have not issued a single Settlement award to fossil fuel vehicles.

Funding is likely to increase across all categories as states continue to award Settlement funds and more EV and charging projects are awarded funding through open public requests. Nationwide, the State Policy Dashboard is tracking 19 open RFPs as of May 25, 2021 and seven public comment periods. You can see more of these insights from the new State Policy Dashboard in the full data story.
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Inslee Passes on WA Bill Setting Conditional Target to Electrify All Passenger Vehicle Sales by 2030

On May 15, 2021, Washington Governor Jay Inslee turned down a bill passed by lawmakers in both houses in April that would have required all passenger vehicle sales to be electrified by 2030. The bill states the requirement is contingent upon the completion of comprehensive assessments of the impacts of this transition and on the state implementing a tax on vehicle miles travelled. This amendment was the sticking point for the Governor, who supports the 2030 target but does not believe it should be tied to road funding mechanisms. This activity follows similar commitments in California and Massachusetts which set a goal of 2035 to reach 100 percent zero emission passenger vehicle sales. Public officials in New Jersey have also recommended that the state follow suit and adopt a goal of their own.  Read More Here

New Jersey Set to Become the Second State to Formally Implement Advanced Clean Truck Regulation

On Wednesday, April 14th, The New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection issued a notice of rule proposal announcing their intention to adopt regulations modeled after California’s Advanced Clean Trucks Rule (ACT). The proposed rulemaking is part of New Jersey’s comprehensive strategy to meet the state’s statutory requirement to reduce greenhouse gas emissions to 80 percent less than the 2006 levels by 2050. New Jersey was one of 15 states to sign on to NESCAUM’s Zero-Emission Truck and Bus MOU in July 2020 and will become the second state to formalize their commitment to zero-emission trucks and buses through an official rule. Read More Here

Virginia Becomes 13th State to Join the ZEV Program

On March 18th, 2021, Governor Ralph Northam signed HB 1965 into law. This makes Virginia the 13th state, and the only state in the Southeast region, to join the California-led ZEV program. The program, which requires manufacturers to make available for sale an increasing proportion of EVs across the state, has also been adopted by California, Colorado, Connecticut, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Jersey New York, Rhode Island, Oregon, Vermont, and Washington. Both New Mexico and Minnesota are going through the regulatory process, which could result in them adopting the ZEV program as well. Read More Here

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