Virginia Gets Revved Up for More Electric Vehicles

 

On September 24, the Electrification Coalition (EC) brought together a robust group of electric vehicle (EV) policymakers, industry experts, and advocates for an informative and collaborative day-long session about how to accelerate EV adoption in Virginia. This session was the third in a series of state EV Policy Bootcamps the EC is holding across six states.  

The bootcamp included several highlevel keynote addresses from Admiral John Harvey, member of Securing America’s Future Energy’s Energy Security Leadership Council and former Virginia Secretary of Homeland Security and Veterans Affairs and 31st Commander, U.S. Fleet Forces Command; and Chris BastChief Deputy Director of the Virginia Department of Environmental Quality 

Participants also heard informative presentations on how to address equity concerns and considerations from Ramon-Partida-Lopez, Legal Counsel, Environmental Equity at The Greenlining Institute, and on how EVs can improve air quality and public health from Dr. Neelu Tummala, Steering Committee Member for Virginia Clinicians for Climate Action. 

Additional sessions included updates on the national EV market, manufacturers’ perspectives on vehicle technology and policy pathways, how Virginia cities are accelerating EVs, and policy gaps around charging infrastructure. Speakers included representatives from Virginia Clean Cities, Volvo, General Motors, Tesla, Electrify America, the Rocky Mountain Institute and the New Jersey Board of Public Utilities. 

In the afternoon, the EC led a deep-dive discussion about a wide range of policy options to accelerate EVs in Virginia. This conversation utilized the unique “fishbowl” format to gather comments and input from all participants in a lively discussion format. 

It was great to have robust participation in our Virginia EV Policy Bootcamp. Thank you to everyone who spoke, participated and attended. We’re excited to work to accelerate EVs in Virginia! 

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