How to Encourage Municipal Electric Vehicle (EV) Adoption
The transportation sector is ~40% of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions in Massachusetts with the dominant source of emissions coming from passenger vehicles. EVs are already~70% lower in GHG emissions than conventional vehicles so they are a key part of the solution to dealing with climate change. EVs are powered by electricity which is increasingly generated by clean renewable sources, but there will never be a renewable version of petroleum. Massachusetts has a goal of 300K EVs on the road by 2025, which means cities and towns can and must do much more to promote the switch to EVs. In addition to leading by example, municipal coordination with auto dealers, utilities, nonprofits, contractors, etc. can result in unique partnerships, achieving things like improved public awareness of EV benefits, better prices for EVs and charging stations, increased availability of public charging infrastructure, and more.
For more information, contact Kevin O'Brien, Sierra Club Outreach Coordinator.
Charging Stations and Fleet Electrification
Increase public charging locations, making it easy for anyone living or traveling through your municipality to own and operate an electric vehicle. See the MassEVIP program for available incentives/rebates. Transition municipal fleet to electric vehicles, with a timeframe for achieving total fleet electrification, and interim goals. (Not sure if there are electric versions of all your municipal vehicles? Contact us to find out!)
Transition to electric school buses.
Urge and support your local transit authority to electrify the bus routes running through your municipality.
Education, Outreach, and Public Relations
Advertise, host, sponsor, or get involved with local EV test-drive events.