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June 14, 2021
States Target Equitable Access, Ride Sharing, and Medium- and Heavy-Duty Vehicles
Source: EV Hub
The first half of 2021 has seen a flurry of state action on transportation electrification.

Nevada and Colorado both took steps to boost funding for electric vehicles and charging infrastructure. On May 31st, Nevada’s Legislature passed SB 448, which will require the state’s largest utility, NV Energy, to invest $100 million in charging infrastructure over the next three years with a minimum of 40 percent of this investment required to be made in underserved communities. Two days later, Colorado’s Legislature passed SB 260, a sweeping transportation spending bill worth over $5 billion that includes dedicated funding for EVs and EV charging infrastructure. The bill establishes the Clean Fleet Enterprise within the Department of Public Health and Environment and the Clean Transit Enterprise within the Department of Transportation to specifically support the electrification of private and transit fleets. Funding comes from the federal American Rescue Plan as well as new fees imposed on gasoline and diesel fuel sales, parcel deliveries, and TNC rides. Both bills now sit on the Governors’ desks.

In Oregon, Governor Kate Brown signed House Bill 2165 into law on May 26th, expanding access to electric vehicles and charging infrastructure with a strong focus on equity. The bill extends the state’s EV rebate programs and doubles the bonus rebate for low- and moderate-income households to $2,500 for used vehicles and $5,000 for new vehicles. With the new rebate in place, income-qualified customers can get a state rebate of up to $5,000 off a used car or $7,500 off a new car. Furthermore, the bill establishes a new transportation electrification utility surcharge and directs at least half of the funds collected to benefit underserved communities.

California and Hawaii are both taking aim at shared mobility companies, which account for a growing percentage of vehicle miles traveled in the United States. On May 20th, following the direction of SB 1014 (2018), the California Air Resources Board approved the Clean Miles Standard, which requires 90 percent of vehicle miles traveled by Transportation Network Companies (TNCs) such as Uber and Lyft to be fully electric by 2030. Earlier this year, Democrats in Hawaii’s House introduced legislation that would require rental car fleets to transition to 100 percent zero-emission vehicles by 2035. HB 1141 is currently in committee in the House. Shared mobility vehicles have become popular targets for electrification because they tend to travel more miles on average than private passenger vehicles, leading to greater operational savings and emissions reduction benefits on a per-vehicle basis.

On the medium- and heavy-duty side, New Jersey and New York are both moving to adopt California’s Advanced Clean Trucks Rule that sets zero-emission sales requirements for medium- and heavy-duty vehicles. The New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection issued a notice in April signaling the state’s intentions to adopt California’s rule and opened a public review and comment process that will remain open through June 18, 2021. New York Senate Democrats introduced Senate Bill S4097 in April to direct the Commissioner of the New York Department of Environmental Conservation to establish formal regulations similar to those under California’s Advanced Clean Trucks Rule. As other states follow suit, California is working on complementary legislation before the Advanced Clean Trucks Rule takes effect in 2024. The California State Senate passed SB 372 on June 2nd, which would establish a medium- and heavy-duty fleet purchasing assistance program to help fleets comply with the upcoming regulation.

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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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