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June 10, 2019
EV Market Grows 16 Percent in May 
Source: EV Hub
After a slow start to the year where first quarter growth slowed to 11 percent, the U.S. EV market posted stronger growth in May. EV sales were 16 percent higher than this time a year ago. This is double the year-over-year (YOY) growth seen in April, and the strongest since January.  

The new Audi E-tron enjoyed an exceptionally strong May for its first full month of deliveries. Audi sold 856 vehicles, making the E-tron the seventh highest selling EV on the market. Other models saw increasing sales in May as well. Amid a challenging year, Tesla Model 3 sales increased by 38 percent from 10,050 vehicles sold in April to 13,950 sold in May. Some point to a rising tide of competitors and a first quarter focus on international markets as possible explanations behind Tesla’s slow sales.

Despite recovery across the market, growth is still far below the 80 percent YOY growth boom in 2018. New, cheaper all-electric models like the Hyundai Kona that have received considerable fanfare are still in limited production. Only 91 Konas were sold in May. The same is true for the Kia Niro EV, which saw a threefold increase in sales between April and May. The 119 vehicles sold last month falls far below the E-tron’s May numbers.

Several barriers continue to constrain the growth of the EV market, and automakers are looking for ways to move the needle. In November 2018, Atlas helped facilitate a roundtable coinciding with the launch of the E-tron to discuss some of these issues. Automakers, utility commissioners and other public agencies, electric utilities, NGOs, and charging service providers were all represented at the meeting. A lack of fast charging deployment and undeveloped markets for vehicle grid integration services were deemed top priorities for the roundtable participants.

A lack of public fast charging also influences consumer behavior and contributes to range anxiety. A growing number of Americans are considering driving electric, but many still lack awareness of progress being made in the sector according to a recent survey from AAA. The report points to this lack of awareness as a possible explanation why EVs still only make up about two percent of the total U.S. auto market. Automakers like VW are taking the lead by investing billions in electrification programs despite low demand. The EV Hub Global Private Investment Dashboard is tracking almost $350 billion in EV and charging infrastructure investment. This will likely increase with major commitments from industry leaders like Toyota growing more aggressive. This will put pressure on U.S. automakers to step up at a time when less than 10 percent of global EV investment is planned for the United States.
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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

ASCE International Conference on Transportation & Development (ICTD 2019) is organized to facilitate exchange of information, knowledge, and best practices among transportation and development practitioners and researchers, public infrastructure owners, policymakers, government engineers and planners, operations managers and leading academics from around the world. Read More Here

June 9th-12th @ the Hilton Alexandria Mark Center in Alexandria, VA 

The Nevada Division of Environmental Protection (NDEP) is hosting a webinar to provide more information on the 2019 Diesel Emission Mitigation Fund competitive application. The webinar will include a presentation and an opportunity for attendees to ask questions. In addition, the NDEP will provide an update on some of the minor differences between this and last year’s applications. Read More Here

June 11th @ 1:30 pm EST

Veloz is presenting a webinar about bringing electric mobility to communities across California. Read More Here

June 13th @ 10:00pm EST

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

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