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The Chair's Initiative of Western Governors’ Association Chair and Oregon Governor Kate Brown seeks to achieve an expanded regional agreement on electric vehicle charging infrastructure across the West that will bolster current economies and create a roadmap, both literally and figuratively, to the future.
The Special Report of the Electric Vehicles Roadmap Initiative contains targeted recommendations on federal policy issues that affect public and private investments in EV infrastructure across the West. It also includes an umbrella agreement among states around a shared set of principles regarding EV infrastructure planning and identified a suite of voluntary standards to optimize public and private EV infrastructure investments. Read, download the Report
Western Governors’ Association Chair and Oregon Governor Kate Brown, asserting “we are on the precipice of a historic transition,” used this webinar to launch the Electric Vehicles Roadmap Initiative, which seeks to achieve an expanded regional agreement on electric vehicle charging infrastructure that can “unlock new potential across the West.
Out West Episode: Electric Vehicles in Rural Areas
The inaugural episode for the Electric Vehicles Roadmap Initiative features WGA Policy Advisor Kevin Moss in conversation with Alliy Sahagun of the Gunnison County Electric Association in Colorado and Roger Hoy of the Nebraska Tractor Test Laboratory. They discuss barriers, as well as solutions, to adoption of EVs in rural areas, including rural industries such as farming and ranching. To listen, click the player or visit Podbean, Spotify and Apple Podcasts.
Out West Episode: Electric Vehicle Research and Innovation
The second episode for the Electric Vehicles Roadmap Initiative features WGA Policy Advisor Kevin Moss in conversation with: Alex Keros of GM; Kim Okafor of Trillium, and Eric Wood of the National Renewable Energy Laboratory. They discuss how innovations in battery technology and fleet charging and fueling systems are enabling more diverse uses of EV cars, trucks, and buses in the region. To listen, click the player or visit Podbean, Spotify and Apple Podcasts.
Out West Episode: Electric Vehicles and Economic Development Opportunities
Electric vehicles are becoming more common, but a lack of charging infrastructure continues to be a barrier to adoption. Listen as WGA Policy Advisor Kevin Moss discusses ways to generate economic opportunities by developing a robust charging network with Scott Bricker of Destination Development at Travel Oregon and Jim Chen of Rivian. To listen, click the embedded player below, or visit Podbean, Spotify and Apple Podcasts. And learn more about the ongoing work of the Electric Vehicles Roadmap Initiative.
The highway is a network of electric vehicle fast charging stations located every 25 to 50 miles along Interstate 5 and other major roadways in British Columbia, Washington, Oregon, and California. The initiative is a collection of projects, funding sources, and partners with the same vision: to provide a network of fast charging stations enabling electric vehicle drivers to make longer trips and travel between cities easier.
Governors from Arizona, Colorado, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, Utah, and Wyoming signed a Memorandum of Understanding in 2019 to provide a framework for creating an Intermountain West electric vehicle corridor to make it possible to drive an electric vehicle across major transportation corridors in the West. The Regional Electric Vehicle Plan for the West (REV West) is facilitated by the National Association of State Energy Officials.