CT's EV CommitmentConnecticut's transition to EVs is an essential strategy toward the state’s commitment to creating cleaner, healthier, and more sustainable communities and achieving our state-wide clean air goals.
The following are some of the initiatives that are directing this transition:
Multi-State Medium and Heavy Duty Zero Emission Vehicle MOU
On July 14, 2020, Connecticut took another significant step forward in its effort to address the climate crisis and the health impacts of air pollution as it joined 14 other states and the District of Columbia in signing a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to work collaboratively to advance and accelerate the market for electric medium- and heavy-duty vehicles.
Under the MOU, signatory states will work toward ensuring that 100 percent of all new medium- and heavy-duty vehicle sales be zero emission vehicles (ZEVs) by 2050 with an interim target of 30 percent ZEV sales by 2030. The vehicles included in the MOU include large pickup trucks and vans, delivery trucks, box trucks, school and transit buses, and long-haul delivery trucks.
The MOU provides a framework to coordinate state efforts to meet the MHD electrification goals. The signatory states will work through the existing multi-state ZEV Task Force to develop and implement a ZEV action plan for trucks and buses. The plan will identify policies and programs to inform policy makers and support the timeframes and targets specified in the MOU.
Coinciding with the 50th Anniversary of Earth Day, on April 22, 2020, the Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection issued its Electric Vehicle Roadmap for Connecticut (EV Roadmap). The EV Roadmap is a comprehensive strategy for achieving widespread deployment of electric vehicles in the state, and a key tool in the state’s effort to improve air quality for residents while also addressing the climate crisis.
The EV Roadmap focuses in on several key areas, including the transitioning of public and private fleets and medium and heavy-duty vehicles to EVs; making the consumer charging experience more consistent; minimizing grid impacts through demand reduction measures; providing demand charge relief for charging station owners and EV fleet operators; exploring opportunities for pilot programs with local innovators in the EV field; working with the state and municipal governments to modify building codes and permitting requirements to support EV infrastructure deployment; and leveraging financial incentives, such as the Connecticut Hydrogen and Electric Automobile Purchase Rebate (CHEAPR), to help make EV purchase price less of a barrier to consumers.
In 2018, The Department of Energy and Environmental Protection updated the Comprehensive Energy Strategy (CES) for the State of Connecticut - an assessment and strategy for all residential, commercial, and industrial energy issues, including energy efficiency, industry, electricity, natural gas, and transportation. The CES was first developed in 2012 and has been updated periodically with the latest revision occurring in 2018.
A key goal of the latest CES is to reduce transportation greenhouse gas emissions by accelerating adoption of low- and zero-emission vehicles and strengthening CT's alternative-fueling infrastructure.
Please visit the Comprehensive Energy Strategy page to view current and past revisions of this document.
Connecticut joined 17 other European and North American governments as partners of an international alliance to accelerate global adoption of ZEVs.
Members of the International ZEV Alliance are cooperating to set ambitious targets to drive ZEV deployment, sharing data and best practice policies, and encouraging other governments to join them. On December 3, 2015, it was announced that they will strive to make all new passenger vehicles in their jurisdictions ZEVs by no later than 2050.
The alliance members continue to take actions to overcome any barriers, achieve targets, and to increase ZEV adoption to meet climate change goals.
Learn more at zevalliance.org
On October 24, 2013, the governors of eight states (CA, CT, MD, MA, NY, OR, RI, VT), joined by a ninth (NJ) on May 3, 2018 and a tenth (ME) on November 20, 2019, signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) committing to coordinated action to ensure the successful implementation of their state ZEV programs.
Collectively, these states are committed to having at least 3.3 million ZEVs operating on their roadways by 2025. The MOU identifies joint cooperative actions the signatory states will undertake, and additional actions that individual jurisdictions are considering, to build a robust market for ZEVs.
In 2018, the alliance revised their collaborative Multi-State Action Plan to develop the infrastructure, coordinate policies, codes and standards to facilitate 3.3 million ZEVs on the road by 2025.
Learn more at zevstates.us
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Content last updated August 11, 2020