The National Governors Association Center for Best Practices (NGA Center) hosted a webinar series on converging trends in transportation electrification. Electric vehicle (EV) adoption is projected to grow significantly over the coming years as they become increasingly cost competitive with traditional internal combustion engine (ICE) vehicles. Continuing to encourage this transition and managing the myriad benefits and challenges of electrification will necessitate smart policy from governors and their staff. This webinar series explored how the technology has evolved, the opportunities presented by EVs, the policy tools needed to incite change and covered pressing policy questions.

Webinars

August 24, 2017
Part One: Electric Vehicle Landscape and the Volkswagen Settlement
This webinar highlighted the trends and existing policy environment informing the most recent electric vehicle (EV) adoption projections. It also covered some of the infrastructure related concerns states face as well as the opportunity presented by the large influx of funds from the Volkswagen Settlement. Included in this webinar is an update on the timeline for the Volkswagen Settlement as well as examples from two states on their planning process.

Moderator:

  • Sue Gander, division director, Environment, Energy & Transportation Division, NGA Center

Speakers:

  • Salim Morsy, specialist, Advanced Transport, Bloomberg New Energy Finance
  • Nick Nigro, founder, Atlas Public Policy
  • David Althoff, manager, Office of Pollution Prevention and Energy Assistance, Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection

September 21, 2017
Part Two: Beneficial Electrification: Environmental Benefits & Cost Considerations
This webinar explored the associated benefits afforded by greater EV adoption, the importance of technology accessibility, and highlighted policy tools to safeguard reliability and prevent cost shifting.

Moderator:

  • Patricio Portillo, policy analyst, Environment, Energy & Transportation Division, NGA Center

Speakers:

  • Jim Lazar, senior advisor, Regulatory Assistance Project
  • Kellen Schefter, manager, Sustainable Technology, Edison Electric Institute
  • Seleta Reynolds, general manager, Los Angeles Department of Transportation

October 19, 2017
Part Three: Electric Vehicle Technology and Policy Outlook
This webinar focused on the potential disruption of autonomous vehicles and ridesharing on electric vehicle adoption. The webinar also discussed the requisite policies to foster innovation, while emphasizing safety and efficient planning.

Moderator:

  • Patricio Portillo, policy analyst, Environment, Energy & Transportation Division, NGA Center

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