US Department of Energy, Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy

Electric Vehicle Community Readiness Updates

June 17, 2014

Discuss, Learn, and Teach at Upcoming Plug-in Electric Vehicle Readiness Events

Clean Cities invites you to participate in a number of upcoming events relating to plug-in electric vehicle community readiness.

EV Roadmap 7 Conference and Federal Highway Administration Workshop
The EV Roadmap series of workshops is the Pacific Northwest’s premier gathering on plug-in electric vehicle issues and one of the leading plug-in electric vehicle conferences in the country. The latest in this series, EV Roadmap 7, will be held from July 24-25 in Portland, Oregon. The EV Roadmap meetings bring together Oregon’s early adopters with national and international experts to inform transportation electrification efforts across the country. Attendees at EV Roadmap 7 will explore a number of important questions, including, “What are the most effective models of stakeholder collaboration to advance electric vehicle adoption?”, “How are the roles of key stakeholders changing as the market matures?”, and “What are we learning about the business models for vehicle charging?” Find out more information about the EV Roadmap 7 Conference on their website.

Just before the EV Roadmap Conference, the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) will convene a workshop on July 23 on “Transportation Agencies and Electric Vehicles.” This workshop, which will run from 1-5 PM, will discuss how state, regional, and local transportation agencies can play a role in the growing popularity of plug-in electric vehicles. The FHWA will soon be releasing a report addressing these issues, which will also include case studies and recommendations. Workshop attendees will have a chance to review the FHWA report and discuss these topics. For more information, see the EV Roadmap 7 page on side meetings.

 National Drive Electric Week and Odyssey Day

Clean Cities is proud to support two major outreach events on alternative fuels this fall: National Drive Electric Week and the Alternative Fuel Vehicle Day Odyssey (Odyssey Day). We hope that you will sign up and host a local event to support these national efforts. In both cases, having many local events under the umbrella of a national event brings better publicity and leverages the power of many participants better than a number of unconnected events would.

National Drive Electric Week (September 15-21), organized by Plug-in America, the Sierra Club, and the Electric Auto Association, is a nationwide effort to heighten awareness of plug-in vehicles and highlight their benefits. Last year, National Plug-in Day had more than 90 cities hosting events across the country. Events have included electric tailgate parties, plug-in electric vehicle showcases, electric vehicle parades, ride-and-drives, and press conferences. You can find out more about National Drive Electric Week on its website and sign up to host an event.

Odyssey Day is a biennial event to promote cleaner choices in transportation, including plug-in electric vehicles, and will be held on October 17 this year. Coordinated by the National Alternative Fuels Training Consortium, Odyssey Day 2012 included more than 150 events across the country reaching 250,000 people. These events included workshops, ride-and-drives, demonstrations, vehicle displays, and panel discussions. Find out more about Odyssey Day on its website and sign up to host using this form.

New Resource and Webinar to Assess Alternative Fuel Vehicle Project Benefits

June 25, 2014

Electric Vehicle Community Readiness Updates
New Resource and Webinar to Assess Alternative Fuel Vehicle Project Benefits

Assessing the environmental and financial benefits of alternative fuel vehicle and infrastructure projects, including plug-in electric vehicles and charging, is essential for incorporating them into planning documents and policy. Currently, utilities use Technical Reference Manuals to assess the benefits of energy efficiency measures to reduce electricity use. Inspired by this widely-used model, the National Association of State Energy Offices (NASEO) and the Vermont Energy Investment Corporation (VEIC) have developed a Transportation Technical Reference Manual to create a standard way to characterize the energy savings, environmental benefits, and financial costs of specific transportation efficiency measures.

Please join NASEO and VEIC for a webinar on July 8 at 2 PM ET to discuss how to use the Transportation Technical Reference Manual and its potential for advancing deployment of alternative fuel vehicles and infrastructure. We especially encourage representatives from state energy offices, Clean Cities coalitions, and utilities to attend. Find out more information and register for the webinar on NASEO’s website.

This resource and webinar are supported by the Department of Energy’s Clean Cities program through an alternative fuel market development award to NASEO.

Energy Department and Environmental Protection Agency Release Fuel Economy Tool for Used Vehicles

September 12, 2013

WASHINGTON – As part of the Obama Administration’s ongoing efforts to increase fuel efficiency, reduce carbon pollution and address climate change, the U.S. Energy Department and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) today released a new label that features EPA fuel economy estimates and CO2 estimates for used vehicles sold in the United States since 1984. Read more about it.

News on Fuel Economy for used vehicles


Energy Department Launches App on Hydrogen Use

September 12, 2013

As part of the Obama Administration’s commitment to expand access to data and develop clean, domestic energy sources, the Energy Department today launched a new app to more easily provide best practices and procedures for safely handling and using hydrogen to power fuel cells. Read more about it…


EV Everywhere Workplace Charging Challenge

Today, about half of the vehicles in the United States are parked at overnight locations with access to plugs, providing a great foundation for the country’s plug-in electric vehicle (PEV) charging infrastructure. However, employers across the country are beginning to offer charging access in workplace lots, which serve as the next most-likely place a vehicle will spend time parked. In fact, the ability to charge at work can potentially double a PEV driver’s all-electric daily commuting distance. This untapped resource presents a significant opportunity to expand the country’s PEV charging infrastructure…EV Everywhere Workplace Charging Challenge


National Renewable Energy Laboratory

NREL Newsroom

News Release NR-1312

NREL Helps Communities Assess Their Readiness for Electric


The PEV Scorecard gives local leaders tips for improvement

February 14, 2013

The U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) has launched a new tool to help local and regional leaders assess the readiness of their communities for the arrival of plug-in electric vehicles (PEVs).

The Plug-In Electric Vehicle Community Readiness Scorecard (PEV Scorecard), developed by NREL for DOE’s Clean Cities initiative, is a detailed, interactive online assessment tool that collects information about a community’s PEV readiness, provides feedback on its progress, and offers guidance for improvement. Municipalities, counties and states can use the PEV Scorecard to ensure they’re prepared to facilitate the electrification of transportation and reap the environmental, economic and energy security benefits that come with it.

“The nationwide deployment of electric vehicles is a revolution in transportation,” said NREL engineer Mike Simpson, who led the tool’s development. “There’s a significant amount of thought and effort involved in shepherding these new technologies into our communities, and the Energy Department saw a real need to provide local and regional leaders with some interactive blueprints.”

PEV readiness is a community-wide effort that requires charging infrastructure, planning, regulations and support services. And it demands coordination and collaboration among dozens of stakeholders, including utilities, charging equipment manufacturers, vehicle dealerships, metropolitan planning departments, electrical contractors and community organizations. The PEV Scorecard helps communities make sense of the necessary steps and track their progress along the way.

Available online at DOE’s Alternative Fuels Data Center (, the PEV Scorecard walks users through a variety of PEV readiness topics, including permitting and inspection processes for charging equipment installations, incentives and promotions, education and outreach, coordination with utilities, likely PEV adoption rates, and long-range infrastructure planning.

Within each topic, community representatives answer a series of multiple-choice questions related to their level of preparation. Communities receive scores for each topic, ranging from “Needs Improvement” to “Excellent.” The tool then provides customized recommendations, resources, and case studies to help communities raise their scores within each topic. A community’s scores and recommendations are private and cannot be viewed by other users of the tool.

“The PEV Scorecard helps communities see the forest and the trees in terms of PEV deployment,” NREL’s Simpson said. “They can get a big-picture assessment of how ready they are, and then drill down to the finer points to find out how to improve.”

Once a community begins its assessment, multiple representatives can return as often as needed to make updates and track progress. DOE encourages each community to designate a central point of contact who collaborates with local and regional stakeholders to coordinate their input when using the tool.

“The Energy Department is excited to provide this tool to help make it easier for communities across the country to access more transportation energy options,” Clean Cities Co-Director Linda Bluestein said. “Not only will it allow them to identify new opportunities for deployment, but it will also provide them with access to a large collection of expert tools and resources.”

Clean Cities is the deployment arm of the U.S. Department of Energy’s Vehicle Technologies Office. Through the work of nearly 100 local coalitions, Clean Cities works to reduce petroleum use in transportation.

The National Renewable Energy Laboratory is the Energy Department’s primary national laboratory for renewable energy and energy efficiency research and development. NREL is operated for DOE by The Alliance for Sustainable Energy LLC.



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