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EV Hub Live is a first-of-its-kind video podcast recorded live and distributed for free to the public policy community working to advance transportation electrification. Hosted by Atlas Public Policy’s founder, Nick Nigro, the podcast will run at least once a month and be focused on presenting valuable content to the public policy professional. As the podcast will be recorded live, listeners will be able to ask guests questions in real-time. Visit our YouTube Channel for the video version of each episode. Visit EV Hub to learn more.
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Research is starting to pile up on what the United States could look like with widescale transportation electrification. On April 8th, Atlas released findings from a deep dive on charging infrastructure investment needs to achieve 100 percent passenger EV sales by 2035. The research concluded over $87 billion in investments in charging infrastructure will be needed over the next decade, including $39 billion for public charging to put the United States on a path to full electrification. Just a week later, on April 15th, the Goldman School of Public Policy at UC-Berkeley, Energy Innovation, and Grid Lab released two landmark reports showing the tremendous benefits of achieving a highly electrified transportation future supported by a clean grid. The studies evaluated the economic, human health, environmental, and electrical grid impacts of an all-electric future and the policy necessary to realize that ambition.  In this episode of EV Hub Live, Nick Nigro will be joined by Sara Baldwin of Energy Innovation, Nikit Abhyankar of the Goldman School of Public Policy, and Lucy McKenzie of Atlas Public Policy to discuss the benefits of widescale electric transportation, along with the infrastructure investments needs and the policy to get us there.
The U.S. Postal Service recently announced the awardee of a 10-year contract to build the USPS’s next generation postal delivery vehicle. The winner, Oshkosh Defense is known for building tactical vehicles for the U.S. military and has no known experience manufacturing an EV. In fact, the company expressed concerns to investors last year about its lack of experience with EVs, saying they “may not have the expertise or resources to successfully address these pressures on a cost-effective basis or at all.”Given the long-term nature of the contract, the amount of money at stake, and the trends in vehicle technology, the policy community immediately raised concerns about the environmental impact of this decision and how this contract will play out.In this episode of EV Hub Live, Nick Nigro will be joined by Dorothy Robyn of the Boston University Institute for Sustainable Energy and Gina Coplon-Newfield of the Sierra Club to discuss the contract awarded by USPS, the response from Congress, the role of EVs, and where we go from here.
The National Association of State Energy Officials and Cadmus released a new PEV Policy Impact Rubric on March 1st which updates their 2018 rubric. The new Rubric can be used by state and local officials to evaluate the strength of their PEV-related policies. To develop the rubric, the study team reviewed the literature to see what the experts had to say on policy effectiveness and convened a committee of advisors to fill in gaps in the literature. Electrify America – one of the largest charging infrastructure providers in the United States – used the new rubric to evaluate the policy environment of metro regions throughout the country for its $500 million Cycle 3 investment plan.  In this episode of EV Hub Live, Cassie Powers from NASEO and Geoff Morrison from Cadmus will join Nick Nigro to discuss findings from their work and how the policy community can answer that critical, ever-changing question: what’s working? 
A new paper from the Alliance for Transportation Electrification and Plug In America calls consumer education and outreach by electric utilities the “missing piece” for transportation electrification. The paper shares eight reasons why utilities should be enabled to invest in education and outreach programs and how these programs can help close the awareness gap and spur more electric vehicle adoption.In this episode of EV Hub Live, Nick Nigro will sit down with Katherine Stainken of Plug In America and Kellen Schefter of the Edison Electric Institute to discuss this new research and what we should expect from utilities and other stakeholders on education and outreach in the near term.
Next year could mark a turning point for EVs in a number of ways. The most valuable automaker in the world is now an electric vehicle manufacturer and the amount of approved investment by electric utilities has surpassed $2.6 billion.In this episode of EV Hub Live, Nick Nigro will sit down with Michael Berube, Deputy Assistant Secretary for Transportation at the U.S. Department of Energy and Joe Britton, the Executive Director of the newly formed Zero Emission Transportation Alliance. We’ll discuss the vehicle and charging technology progress we can expect in the near term and the importance of U.S. leadership in electric transportation.
A Special One-On-One Conversation about the 2020 U.S. Election with Dan Sperling of the University of California, DavisAs President-elect Biden prepares to take office, where things will end up in Washington next year are coming into focus following the most unusual election in many decades. Two Senate seats in Georgia will be filled via a run-off election in January and will determine control of the U.S. Senate. With a strong advocate in the White House, transportation electrification is poised to gain more support in Washington.While the extent to which the issue will be greeted by a more generous U.S. Congress is still to be determined, the change in leadership at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue will undoubtedly cause many to alter their near-term priorities.In this episode of EV Hub Live, Nick Nigro will sit down with transportation policy guru, Dan Sperling, the founding Director of the Institute of Transportation Studies at the University of California, Davis and member of the California Air Resources Board. We’ll discuss the implications of the election on state ZEV programs, federal policy, and other key policies and programs related to EVs. We’ll hear where Dan thinks things will go over the next year as the state legislatures and governors get going, Washington receives a new Congress, and a new President is sworn in.
Electric utility engagement in transportation electrification has been rapidly expanding in recent years. As the role of the utility in advancing EVs comes into focus, the extent to which they will accelerate EV deployment is a hot topic. Investments alone are up more than three times compared to 2019 with two recent approvals in New York and California. On July 16, 2020, six utilities across New York were approved to invest $700 million in EV charging throughout the state. This could support more than 53,000 Level 2 and 1,500 DC fast charging stations. On the other side of the country, Southern California Edison got the green light to invest $436 million in their Charge Ready 2 program on August 27, 2020. This approval clears the way for an additional 40,000 Level 2 and 200 DC fast charging stations to their service territory. In this episode of EV Hub Live, we’ll talk with Patty Monahan from the California Energy Commission and Phil Jones from the Alliance for Transportation Electrification about the role of the utility in advancing transportation electrification and where they see things headed in the near term. This episode will be co-hosted by our founder, Nick Nigro, and Kellen Schefter of the Edison Electric Institute.
U.S. passenger EV sales were down 44 percent in Q2 compared to 2019. COVID-19 was part of the problem as many automakers remained shuttered in April and face delayed production timelines for existing and upcoming EV models. It was not all doom and gloom for the EV sector, however, and government and utility funding for EVs is up in 2020. In addition to this, automakers, startups, and charging companies continue to raise investment for transportation electrification and EV stocks have been among the hottest on the market through the summer. In this episode of EV Hub Live, we’ll talk with Britta Gross from the Rocky Mountain Institute and David Ferris from E&E News about recent developments in the EV market, namely passenger vehicle sales, policy developments, and electric utility activity, as well as how COVID is effecting the EV Market.
The Golden State continues to lead the nation in their pursuit of rapid transportation electrification. The California Air Resources Board (CARB) unanimously passed the Advanced Clean Trucks Rule on June 25th, the first-of-its-kind regulation requiring manufacturers to ramp up sales of electric vans and trucks. Shortly afterwards, 15 states and Washington, DC came together in support of rapid electrification of the medium-and heavy-duty vehicle sector. The MOU signed by participating states calls for all new truck and bus sales to be zero emission by 2050. States partnering on the MOU include California, Colorado, Connecticut, Hawaii, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Vermont, and Washington.In this episode of EV Hub Live, we’ll talk with Jimmy O’Dea from the Union of Concerned Scientists and Kathy Kinsey from the Northeast States for Coordinated Air Use Management (NESCAUM) about the significance of these policy developments and their impacts on the electric truck market.
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