Transportation, energy and environment and clean cities officials from ten northeast states, Maryland and the District of Columbia announced recently the formation of the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic Electric Vehicle Network. The Network will work to bolster economic growth, maintain the region’s leadership in the clean energy economy and reduce the area’s dependence on oil and its emissions of greenhouse gases and other pollutants.
The efforts to accelerate the deployment of electric vehicles throughout the Mid-Atlantic and Northeast will be supported largely by a nearly $1 million Electric Vehicle Readiness Grant awarded by the U.S. Department of Energy to the New York State energy office and Georgetown University’s Transportation and Climate Initiative (TCI). This grant will fund the development of EV key stakeholder collaboration, consumer education and outreach, guidelines for the siting, permitting, and installation of public and private EV charging stations. This effort will promote all clean vehicles and fuels and facilitate planning for and the deployment of electric vehicle (EV) charging stations and related infrastructure throughout the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic states. The private-public partnerships collaboration will benefit residents and businesses throughout the entire corridor by reducing the use of petroleum and the emission of greenhouse gases.
Participants in the Northeast Electric Vehicle Network are the District of Columbia, Maryland Connecticut, Delaware, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island and Vermont. The Washington, DC regional effort is headed by Claude Willis, Deputy Director of the Greater Washington Region Clean Cities Coalition (GWRCCC). Willis stated “This is a very important step in developing common standards and best practices to support EV infrastructure in the DC metro region of DC, MD and northern Virginia in concert with our adjoining neighbors along the Northeast corridor. He added that “strategic support from our key stakeholders like Pepco, Eaton Corp. and other EV equipment suppliers and sponsors will certainly contribute to the success of this project. GWRCCC’s goal is to increase energy independence by reducing the region’s use of petroleum and advancing alternative transportation vehicles and fuels.”
For more information about the regional EV deployment plan, contact Claude Willis, Deputy Director of Greater Washington Region Clean Cities Coalition at firstname.lastname@example.org.