Virginia 2020 Working Group EV Incentive

EV Work Group

Virginia Department of Mines, Minerals and Energy (DMME), in cooperation with the Departments of Environmental Quality, Motor Vehicles, and Taxation launched a summer 2020 Electric Vehicle Incentive Working Group.??The focus of this effort?the feasibility of an electric vehicle rebate program for Virginia, under HB717.? Group members are contributing to the what, why, and how an EV incentive could operate in Virginia.? Information here relates to that effort and presents a public file for the work group and public.

FINAL REPORT:? ? ? ? ?EV Incentive Final Report

INITIAL?REPORT: EV Incentive Working Group Initial Report

Submit Comments:

  • Stakeholders can submit their written comments and ideas on how the program should work, by August 31st . Please use the following link to submit comments:
  • Please contact?Robin Jones at DMME if you know of others who should be involved.? And?for more Robin Jones, at? or 804-692-3224.


  • The working group has received submissions from web form, which can be seen?here.
  • Additional Submissions from email, such as PDFs, and charts which can be seen?here

The working group of DMME, DEQ, DMV, and TAX identified dozens of organizations and invited them to several working group calls.? If you were not able to attend the first call, you can view the recording here; or see Webinar slides, here.? Written comments and ideas on how the program should work can be submitted, through August 31st, here


Electrification Coalition a Technical Partner for Climate Mayors’ Electric Vehicle Purchasing Collaborative

Today Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti announced the launch of the Climate Mayors’ Electric Vehicle Purchasing Collaborative, a program that will provide a turn-key, one-stop online procurement portal providing municipalities across the country equal access to competitively bid EVs and accompanying charging infrastructure. The Electrification Coalition will help act as the technical expert and support cities in their fleet transition planning — enabling a more efficient and rapid conversion of city fleets and charging infrastructure. By leveraging the collective buying power of the Climate Mayors, that represent 409 cities in 47 states, municipal fleets from every city will be able to reduce their acquisition costs, have access to experts from the EC and be able use a variety of financing options to accelerate the transition to an electric vehicle fleet.

To mark the launch and highlight the value of this new platform, 19 founding cities and two counties committed to purchase 376 electric vehicles in the next 12 months. Also known as “the Collaborative,” the program will help to rapidly transition city fleets to electrification, reducing oil use, lowering emissions and saving taxpayer dollars.

“Today’s announcement by Mayor Garcetti and the Climate Mayors will highlight the incredible market demand that exists from cities across the U.S. as they plan for an electric transportation future. By providing those with the right tools to make EV purchases and charging acquisition it will be more efficient and affordable for cities nationwide to make this shift. The EC believes the development of this Collaborative will be a catalyst to accelerate the transition of city fleets to EVs, reducing emissions, reducing our dependence on oil, and saving taxpayer money,” said Ben Prochazka, Vice President of the Electrification Coalition.

Visit to learn more about this program and explore the resources the EC has compiled to enable Collaborative accelerate EV adoption across the country. The EC’s expert partnership was made possible thanks to funding by America’s Pledge, an initiative bringing the private and public sectors together to ensure the U.S. delivers on the country’s ambitious goals of the Paris Climate Agreement. The America’s Pledge “Opportunity Agenda” will be formally released at the Global Climate Action Summit in San Francisco on September 12th.


EV Community Resources Information

U.S. Department of Energy, EV Everywhere Electric Vehicles: Stakeholder Solution Center?

Below are key links for a range of stakeholders in the EV Readiness effort. ?Click below for details for States, employers, fleets, electrical contractors, utilities, and additional resources.? Read the rest of this entry »


Employer considerations for Workplace Charging

Question of the Month: What factors do employers need to consider when establishing a workplace charging program?


While there is not a one-size-fits-all solution for workplace charging, there are a number of resources available to help employers design, implement, and manage the right program for their organization.
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Check out Virginia Clean Cities’?new flyers for the Department of Energy’s “Best.Drive.EVer.” awareness campaign!


Best.Drive.EVer. – Convenience Print Ad


Best.Drive.EVer. – Performance Print Ad


Best.Drive.EVer. seeks to drive forward the nation’s transition to electrified vehicles by presenting?a positive, unified message around plug-in electric vehicles (PEVs). The campaign aims to accomplish this through two different themes: “Convenience” and “Performance”. PEVs are easy to use and time-saving, but are also are a powerful, advanced technology that is fun to drive.


Workplace Charging Challenge – White House Press Release

The DOE’s?Workplace Charging Challenge partners were recognized in a White House press release. The statement, included below, was centered on private and public sector efforts to accelerate electric vehicle adoption in our nation. More specifically, the White House mentioned the productive work that the Challenge partners have committed to, and listed 35 of?the?most recent pledge signatories.

The Press Release is as follows:


Today, the Administration, in collaboration with public and private sector partners, is announcing a set of actions and a new framework for cooperation to accelerate the deployment of electric vehicle charging infrastructure in order to increase the number of electric vehicles on the road. Expanding on progress to promote electric vehicle adoption, the actions announced today represent the next step in the Administration’s commitment to deploy electric vehicle charging infrastructure, foster advanced technologies, and make electric vehicles more affordable for all Americans.

These announcements include the Energy Department unlocking up to $4.5 billion in loan guarantees to support innovative electric vehicle charging facilities, and the Department of Transportation launching the process to identify zero emission and alternative fuel corridors, including for electric vehicle charging across the country. These actions and others from the Federal government will work in conjunction to achieve an ambitious set of Guiding Principles to Promote Electric Vehicles and Charging Infrastructure, endorsed today by an unprecedented coalition forged between nearly 50 vehicles manufacturers, electric utilities, electric vehicle charging companies, states, and organizations.

?For more about today’s announcements, be sure to check out the White House Fact Sheet.??



Your Colleagues at the White House



Workplace Charging Management Policy Webinar

Workplace Charging Management Policy Webinar

Develop policies and procedures to ensure a safe, positive charging experience for your employees

Workplace Charging

Thursday, April 23, 2015

2:003:00 PM EST

The U.S. Department of Energy Workplace Charging Challenge webinar series addresses topics that will support employer efforts to create a successful employee charging program.?

Join us to learn about effective practices in workplace charging management from your peers in sustainability, EHS, facilities and transportation management. Four employers will discuss their organizations’ policies and procedures for plug-in electric vehicle (PEV) charging administration, registration, pricing, sharing, and more. Participants will have the opportunity to ask questions and learn about resources that are available to support their workplace charging management efforts.

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Electric Vehicle Charger Networks?

What are the major electric vehicle supply equipment (EVSE) networks, and how can plug-in electric vehicle (PEV) drivers access their stations? What are the costs associated with each network?


Most PEV charging occurs at home, but for those who have a need to charge at a public location, it’s important to understand available charging networks. While EVSE networks and charging infrastructure are frequently evolving, the major networks currently include AeroVironment, Blink, ChargePoint, GE WattStation Connect, Greenlots SKY, NRG eVgo, OpConnect, SemaConnect, and Tesla. Each network has a unique model, with the most common approaches being monthly subscriptions, pay-as-you-go (i.e., pay per charge), and free (free to charge and no subscription fee required).

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Pev And Other Tax Credits

How does the federal plug-in electric vehicle (PEV) tax credit phase-out work, and has it begun for any vehicle manufacturers? What is the status of other federal alternative fuel tax credits?

Answer:?The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) Qualified Plug-In Electric Drive Motor VehicleTax Credit begins to phase out for a manufacturer when at least 200,000 qualifying vehicles produced by that manufacturer have been sold for use in the United States, based on sales after December 31, 2009. Many of the other federal tax credits, such as the Alternative Fuels Excise Tax Credit and the Alternative Fuel Infrastructure Tax Credit, expired at the end of 2013 and have not been extended or renewed. Additional tax credits have or will expire this year.

Federal PEV Tax Credit Phase-Out
Each manufacturer must report quarterly to the IRS on their vehicle sales. According to the IRS Plug-In Electric Drive Motor Vehicle Credit Quarterly Sales page no manufacturers have reached the 200,000 cumulative PEV sales mark. This means all qualified vehicles are still eligible for their full credit amounts. Read the rest of this entry »


A Guide to the Lessons Learned from the Clean Cities Community Electric Vehicle Readiness Projects

ev guideClean Cities is proud to announce the release of A Guide to the Lessons Learned from the Clean Cities Community Electric Vehicle Readiness Projects. Synthesizing reports from the 16 Clean Cities PEV readiness projects across the country, the Guide gathers together the most important conclusions and highlights illustrative examples.

To announce the report, Clean Cities published “Ten Ways Communities Can Pave the Way for PEVs” on the EERE blog and posted below.

1. Form partnerships and gather input: Expanding a region’s PEV market requires collaboration and coordination between the private and public sector. For example, to help form their PEV readiness strategy, the City of Austin surveyed more than 1,000 people representing local and state governments, employers, PEV community groups, electricians, current PEV drivers, parking lot owners, and property owners.

2. Describe local benefits of PEVs: The American Lung Association of the Southwest in Colorado analyzed lifecycle emissions of local PEVs charged on Colorado’s electric grid. From electricity generation to tailpipe emissions, they found that, on average, PEVs in Colorado produce fewer greenhouse gases and smog-forming pollution than comparable gasoline vehicles. The study raised public awareness about the many health and environmental benefits of PEVs.

3. Analyze data to understand how the PEV market may grow: The Center for Transportation and the Environment in Atlanta found that PEV sales in Georgia, Alabama, and South Carolina will grow by at least 10-fold from 2015 to 2020.

4. Decide on the best incentives: Several states offer a variety of financial incentives to PEV buyers. The Centralina Council of Governments in North Carolina found that drivers prefer up-front incentives such as eliminating sales tax, rather than traditional tax credits, which Washington, Colorado, and New Jersey already offer.

5. Identify future public charging locations: The Transportation and Climate Initiative, which led a group of 11 Northeast and Mid-Atlantic states, described the benefits and challenges of installing charging stations at nine different types of locations including central business districts, universities, and workplaces.

6. Support the installation of chargers where a variety of PEV drivers live and work: Because 41% of housing in their region is multi-unit (as opposed to single family), the South Florida Regional Planning Council conducted workshops for apartment and condo managers on how to install PEV charging stations. Installing these stations at workplaces and multi-unit housing complexes can help ensure all PEV drivers, not only those in single-family houses, have easy access to charging.

7. Examine and revise zoning policies to encourage use of PEVs: The City of Auburn Hills in Michigan encourages developers to run electrical conduit to all new developments, making it easier to install residential charging in the future. So far, developers have followed that request and some are even installing PEV charging stations on their own.

8. Streamline permitting and codes: To help cities across the country simplify their permitting processes, Clean Cities offers a model permit that can be customized as needed. Similarly, Oregon has a single state-wide permit for residential electric vehicle chargers. By simplifying the permitting process, electricians only need to familiarize themselves with one set of requirements, rather than different permits in different cities.

9. Engage electrical utilities: To better understand how PEVs could impact the electric grid, the University of Hawaii is planning a “smart grid” demonstration with 200 private drivers, car share partners, and fleet owners.

10. Inform the public: New York City and Empire Clean Cities collaborated with drugstore chain Duane Reade to help consumers understand the benefits of PEV delivery trucks. Through an online campaign, New Yorkers voted on which Duane Reade stores the company would serve with these new, sustainable trucks. Many cities also promote the Alternative Fuels Data Center and its Alternative Fueling Station Locator to help their citizens learn more about PEVs.

The next Electric Vehicle Quarterly Discussion webinar will focus on the results of the report. Join us on Wednesday, March 12 at 1:00 p.m. for the webinar. To sign in to the webinar, visit the MyMeetings website and enter conference number PW4265601 and audience passcode 2492382. Participants can also join the event directly at the webinar-specific site. To call in, call 888-807-9760 and enter the participant passcode 2492382.

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