Updates by State

REVI members are collaborating with local, state and regional groups to prepare for EV integration. By demonstrating market readiness, we continue to encourage automakers to include our areas in their roll-out plans.

In October 2013 the governors of 8 states - California, Connecticut, Maryland, Massachusetts, New York, Oregon, Rhode Island, and Vermont - signed a Memorandum of Understanding to take specific actions to put 3.3 million zero emission vehicles on the roads in their states by 2025, along with the refueling infrastructure required to support those vehicles.  Zero-emission vehicles include battery-electric vehicles, plug-in hybrid-electric vehicles, and hydrogen fuel-cell-electric vehicles; the technologies can be applied in passenger cars, trucks, and transit buses.

Below are state updates that illustrate progress being made to establish EVs and EV infrastructure. This information is not a complete listing. Please contact your area REVI member(s) for the latest developments.

Connecticut

All of the state's electric utilities are active REVI members. Connecticut Light & Power (DBA Eversource Energy), The United Illuminating Company and the Connecticut Municipal Electric Energy Cooperative (CMEEC) are partnering on a number of joint initiatives to advance EV transportation.

  • In July 2013 the Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (DEEP) and Department of Transportation (DOT) jointly announced a program to provide financial incentives to businesses and municipalities to install publicly accessible electric vehicle charging stations.  Further details about the State of Connecticut's effort to promote the use of electric vehicles can be found at www.ct.gov/deep/evconnecticut.
  • The Clean Cities demonstration program with the U.S. Department of Energy includes plans to install charging stations for testing in 2011 and 2012.
  • Electric Vehicle Infrastructure Council (EVIC) was established in 2009 by Governor M. Jodi Rell. The task force included representatives from key state agencies and business, academic and energy groups. EVIC's final report was presented in September 2010. Read more 
  • Nissan North America entered into a memo of understanding with the State of Connecticut and Connecticut Light & Power to launch the Leaf statewide.
  • Connecticut's EV Forum was held in Hartford in May 2010. Co-hosted by EVIC and REVI, the event featured presentations and new-model previews from BMW Mini, Chevy, Ford, Mitsubishi, Nissan and Toyota. 
  • Ongoing: CL&P, UI and CMEEC EV testing projects.
  • View AFDC’s listing of charging stations in Connecticut.
Massachusetts

REVI members in the Commonwealth include National Grid, NSTAR (DBA Eversource Energy), Western Massachusetts Electric Company (DBA Eversource Energy) and the Massachusetts Municipal Wholesale Electric Company (MMWEC).

  • In March 2014, Massachusetts announced that they would offer rebates of up to $2,500 for the purchase or lease of new electric vehicles, including battery electric, plug-in hybrid electric and fuel cell electric vehicles.  Details are available at Massachusetts Offers Rebates for Electric Vehicles (MOR-EV).
  • In December 2013 the Governor of Massachusetts announced $550,000 in grants for 20 communities and $15.5 million in new funding for cleaner vehicles, electric school buses and electric vehicle infrastructure.
  • The Massachusetts Electric Vehicle Initiative (MEVI) grew out of the Electric Vehicle Roundtable, at a 2013 meeting of over 90 stakeholders from both private and public organizations to discuss the future of electric vehicles for Massachusetts.  The Roundtable provided suggestions on incentives and outreach initiatives the state needs to undertake to be a regional leader in EV deployment.  MEVI will work to accelerate the deployment of plug-in hybrid, battery, and fuel cell electric vehicles.
  • The Massachusetts Department of Energy Resources (DOER) is co-funding EV infrastructure and charging stations in selected municipalities, through a competitive review and application process launched in 2010.
  • In 2009, the DOER became part of the Renault-Nissan Alliance to promote the development of an electric-vehicle charging network and policies to support widespread adoptions of electric cars. A group led by DOER’s Stephen Russell, director of alternative transportation, is working on plans for home and workplace charging, as well as a public charging infrastructure. The project is part of the Commonwealth's broad initiative to encourage development and deployment of electric-vehicle technology, consistent with its leading commitment to greenhouse-gas emission reductions.
  • National Grid is testing a Ford Escape EV as part of a multi-year pilot program with the Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI).
  • View AFDC’s listing of charging stations in Massachusetts
Rhode Island

REVI member National Grid is the utility partner of Project Get Ready’s Rhode Island chapter (PGR RI). In January 2010, Rhode Island became the first state and Providence the first community in the northeast to join Project Get Ready, an initiative led by the nationally-renowned Rocky Mountain Institute. Read press release 

  • PGR RI is coordinating with National Grid to develop a plan for electrifying 2% of Rhode Island’s cars without significantly increasing peak grid load, and while simultaneously decreasing transportations costs and carbon emissions.
  • PGR RI enlisted Environment Northeast (ENE) to provide vital research and guidance to inform the coalition’s efforts to integrate electric vehicles. The coalition also includes Brown University, the University of Rhode Island, Conservation Law Foundation, Environment and a number of other public and private participants. Read more 
  • View AFDC’s listing of charging stations in Rhode Island
New Hampshire

Public Service of New Hampshire (PSNH) doing business as Eversource Energy, has a team of EV subject matter experts to support interested customers.

  • PSNH (dba Eversource Energy) is a member of the state’s Climate Change Policy Task Force which issued its NH Climate Action Plan in March 2009. Opportunities to integrate electric transportation are being considered for the future.
  • View AFDC’s listing of charging stations in New Hampshire
Vermont

 

  • Drive Electric Vermont is a statewide coalition of policy makers, industry leaders, and citizens dedicated to promoting electric transportation in Vermont.  They host events around the state to educate Vermonters about electric vehicle technology and its benefits to the transportation sector.  Their efforts are focused on the areas of:
    • Infrastructure, Regulation, Codes and Standards
    • Legislation, Policy, Finance and Incentives
    • Technology and Innovation
    • Education, Marketing, and Research
  • In 2007, Steven Letendre, Ph.D. of Green Mountain College and Richard A. Watts, Ph.D. of the University of Vermont’s Transportation Center co-authored a report titled, "Effects of Plug-In Hybrid Electric Vehicles on the Vermont Electric Transmission System." View pdf 
  • For more information on alternative transportation in Vermont, contact Richard Watts, TRC Research Director, at richard.watts@uvm.edu.
  • View the AFCD’s listing of charging stations in Vermont
Maine

Maine Clean Communities (MC2) formed an EV stakeholder group and coalition members issued an Electric Vehicle Feasibility Study in the fall of 2011.  See details 

  • MC2 promotes clean fuel vehicles, energy independence  and clean air. The program is part of the U.S. Dept. of  Energy’s Clean Cities network and is administered by the  Greater Portland Council of Governments.
  • Other Maine-based websites for EV news: GreenEnergyMaine.com and EVMaine.org  
New York
  • In 2013, Governor Cuomo announced the Charge NY initiative which aims to create a statewide network of up to 3,000 public and workplace charging stations over the next five years. This includes $8 million in investments by NYSERDA for deploying charging stations and a 50% state income tax credit (up to $5,000) for public and workplace charging.  Other components of the program include regulatory proceedings, education and outreach, and research and development on new EV-supporting technologies.
  • REVI member National Grid is leading several initiatives in the Long Island and Syracuse areas. The utility is partnering with the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) on technical research and planning projects, and with EPRI on multi-year electric vehicle demonstration projects.
  • NYSERDA is spearheading several EV planning initiatives and was instrumental in the formation of the Northeast Electric Vehicle Network. In September 2011, the U.S. Department of Energy announced a nearly $1 million Electric Vehicle Readiness Grant award for New York and other states to develop guidelines for the siting, permitting, and installation of EV charging stations. The best practice guides and brochures that the project produced can be found here.  New York is encouraging implementation of these recommendations through workshops across the state.
  • View AFDC’s listing of charging stations in New York
States Leading EV Integration

REVI members stay in touch with peer utilities and other businesses developing robust EV charging infrastructure networks. Here are links to some interesting initiatives from other areas of the U.S.:

From pilot testing of charging station equipment to supporting consumer purchase incentives, REVI utilities are working proactively with policy makers, equipment suppliers and others interested in laying the foundation for EV market success.