Electric vehicles are becoming more and more prevalent on North Carolina roads, creating challenges and opportunities. With appropriate policy and regulatory framework, North Carolina can reap the economic and environmental benefits of being a leader in this field. On the other hand, failure to prepare for the changing market can result in business model upheaval, added costs, and lost jobs.
Since the spring of 2016, NCSEA has led the Electric Vehicle Working Group with several goals, one of which is to ensure that Volkswagen (VW) settlement funds are used efficiently and effectively. As part of the settlement, up to 15 percent of the total $92 million funding can be used to expand infrastructure, such as charging stations, that support the use of EVs.
The Working Group sent a letter to Governor Cooper, asking him to designate all 15% of available funds for these purposes. The letter was signed by all of the active organizations in the working group, including Duke Energy; Southern Alliance for Clean Energy; the Electrification Coalition; EVgo; the NC Clean Energy Technology Center; ChargePoint; Advanced Energy; Sierra Club; and Brightfield.
In the fall of 2017, Governor Cooper named the N.C. Department of Environmental Quality (NC DEQ) as the lead agency to manage North Carolina’s $92 million share of the VW Environmental Mitigation Trust.
Future work of the NCSEA Electric Vehicle Working Group will focus on the legislative and policy changes needed to expand the EV infrastructure throughout North Carolina.
NCSEA’s Electric Vehicle Working Group convenes an active dialogue toward the following goals:
- Establish state policies that provide a level playing field for electric vehicles to enter the market and maximize benefits to the grid;
- Enable multiple, scalable business models that leverage the private sector to rapidly deploy vehicle charging infrastructure;
- Develop guidance that helps the state and local governments plan for increased adoption of electric vehicles and charging stations; and,
- Ensure that Volkswagen Settlement funds are used effectively and efficiently and that the recommended 15% go toward EV charging infrastructure.
Working Group Resources
- Electric Vehicle and Charging Infrastructure Policy: Rules of the Road Working Group
- Electric Vehicle Working Group Letter of Recommendations on Volkswagen Settlement Money
- NCSEA Comments on Draft Volkswagen Mitigation Plan
- Electric Vehicles in the Southeast, with Anne Blair, Clean Fuels Director at SACE (Ep.39)
Electric Vehicle Charger in Downtown Raleigh