Transportation, energy and environment officials from 10 northeast states and the District of Columbia recently announced the formation of a Northeast Electric Vehicle Network. The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) and several northeast states have provided funding for this effort, which includes the promotion of alternative fuel and advanced technology vehicles and facilitation of planning for their deployment and infrastructure needs.
The states that form the Northeast Electric Vehicle Network include Connecticut, Delaware, the District of Columbia, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island and Vermont.
This initiative is funded in part from Transportation and Climate Initiative (TCI), a division of Georgetown University Climate Center. Additionally, TCI awarded a $1 million Electric Vehicle Readiness Grant awarded to the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority. This grant, announced in September by the U.S. Department of Energy, will fund the development of guidelines for the planning and installation process of EV charging stations, which is a critical next step in the development of the network.
“The collaboration between NYSERDA, TCI and the network is important in developing the infrastructure to support electric vehicles across the Northeast, thereby driving market demand for both manufacturers and customers,” said Francis J. Murray Jr., president of New York State Energy Research and Development Authority. “The private-public partnerships resulting from this collaboration will benefit residents and businesses throughout the entire Northeast by reducing the use of petroleum and the emission of greenhouse gases.”
The Northeast Electric Vehicle Network will include outreach efforts to interested parties in the public and private sectors; collaboration with the private sector, utilities and local governments on a blueprint for EV deployment; and definition of a set of consistent infrastructure standards.
The formation of this network will help the region become a leader in the deployment of clean energy vehicles, while also pledging to deploy 200,000 electric vehicles, which will play a role in the President’s initiative to have one million plug-in vehicles on the road by 2015. The vast deployment efforts will contribute to the reduction in greenhouse gas emissions in the region; about 30 percent of all the region’s greenhouse gas emissions come from the transportation sector cars, trucks, ports, aviation and railroads.
The Northeast Electric Vehicle Network is part of TCI’s goal to increase energy independence by reducing the region’s use of petroleum and advancing alternative transportation fuels. This effort builds upon more than a decade of work by the states to build networks of natural gas and biofuels infrastructure and will contribute to more sustainable communities.