Private-Sector Companies Pledge Support for the Deployment of Electric Vehicles in Northeast and Mid-Atlantic StatesSubmitted by Chris Coil on Thu, 2012-06-21 07:19
The Transportation and Climate Initiative announced this week that seventy organizations have pledged to help facilitate the deployment of electric vehicles in the northeastern United States - in large part due to work being done by states to develop the Northeast Electric Vehicle Network.
The network is a project of the Transportation and Climate Initiative and was launched in late 2011 to enable travelers to drive plug-in cars and trucks throughout northern New England to DC and everywhere in between.
Organizations stepping forward to pledge their commitment include BMW, Frito Lay, Ford, Price Chopper, IKEA, National Grid, Public Service Electric and Gas Company (PSE&G), and Ceres' BICEP on behalf of its member companies, which include Starbucks, Nike, eBay and Clif Bar.
"Many of these companies have long been supporters of electric vehicles," said Beverley Swaim-Staley, Secretary of the Maryland Department of Transportation. "Our goal here is to get everyone working together - both the public and the private sector - so that our region can maximize resources and lead the way in the deployment of electric vehicles."
"We're seeing a lot of momentum build behind this effort, and that bodes very well for the future."
Frito Lay, for example, currently has 47 electric trucks in the Northeast, and plans to add another 30 to its fleet in the TCI region in 2012. Others, like ECOtality, Coulomb Technologies and AeroVironment have pledged to work with the initiative to better understand and help overcome electric vehicle deployment obstacles.
"The commitment and support from these organizations is critical to TCI developing an electric vehicle infrastructure throughout the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic, said Francis J. Murray Jr., President and CEO of NYSERDA. "In New York, Governor Cuomo recently awarded funding for the installation of 325 electric vehicle charging stations throughout the State which will complement the efforts of the other states within TCI."
Additional early signers of TCI's pledge to support the deployment of electric vehicles include: the Electric Drive Transportation Association, the Baltimore Electric Vehicle Initiative, Mass Audubon, Converdant Vehicles, The Bozzuto Group, Atlantic County Utilities Authority, Vanasse Hangen Brustlin, Conservation Law Foundation, American National Standards Institute, Project Get Ready Rhode Island, Environment Northeast, Southern New Hampshire Planning Commission, The Climate Group, Timber Rock Energy Solutions, Pair Networks Inc., Consolidated Edison Company of New York, Central Connecticut Regional Planning Agency, Maryland Science Center, City of Albany, University of Albany, City of Baltimore, Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus, AutoPort, Vermont Energy Investment Corporation, Fuji Electric Corp. of America, Green Mountain Power, Partnerships 1, Vermont Department of Public Service, Vermont Electric Power Company, EVermont, SemaConnect, Beacon Hill Athletic Club, Pittsburgh Climate Initiative, Howard County, Pittsburgh Region Clean Cities, and Ceres' BICEP on behalf of their member companies, which also include Annie's Inc., Anvil Knitwear, Aspen Skiing Company, Avon Products, Ben and Jerry's, Eileen Fisher, Gap Inc., Jones Lang LaSalle, KB Home, Levi Strauss & Co., Limited Brands, New Belgium Brewing, The North Face, Outdoor Industry Association, Seventh Generation, Stonyfield Farm, Symantec and Timberland.
Additional stakeholders are expected to continue signing the pledge, and TCI officials say they will continue to work with the private and public sector and NGOs to obtain additional voluntary commitments in support of electric vehicles.
Last week, transportation, environment and energy agency heads from 11 states and the District of Columbia advanced that effort, meeting with a number of company executives at their third annual TCI Summit to develop a shared vision that promotes the use of alternative fuels in the region. Companies that participated in the discussion included UPS, Coulomb Technologies, Nissan North America, and National Grid.
Agency heads also discussed next steps on efforts to foster sustainable communities, improve freight efficiency and make mobile apps more accessible to relieve congestion, promote transit use and locate and reserve electric vehicle charging stations.
Jurisdictions participating in the Transportation and Climate Initiative are Connecticut, Delaware, District of Columbia, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island and Vermont. TCI states work closely with Clean Cities Coalitions throughout the region on the Northeast Electric Vehicle Network.
The Transportation and Climate Initiative (TCI) is a collaboration of 11 states and the District of Columbia that seeks to expand the clean energy economy in the transportation sector and reduce greenhouse gas emissions. The TCI is facilitated by the Georgetown Climate Center through funding from the Rockefeller Brothers Fund, Emily Hall Tremaine Foundation, Rockefeller Foundation, Oak Foundation, Barr Foundation, Surdna Foundation and NYSERDA through a U.S. Department of Energy Electric Vehicle Readiness Planning Grant.
Support for electric vehicles in the northeast continues to grow, and states participating in the Northeast Electric Vehicle Network are forging ahead with preparations for the mass market arrival of plug-in cars and trucks and the economic and environmental benefits that these vehicles can deliver.
Under a grant from the U.S. Department of Energy, northeastern states are working with stakeholders to build support for electric vehicles and remove barriers to the widespread deployment of EVs. Most recently, participating states released an electric vehicle support pledge to continue building momentum and to demonstrate broad and deep support for electric vehicles in the region. Collecting pledges will also enable TCI to highlight the good work that many organizations are already undertaking to promote electric vehicles.
Pledges may be returned to Cassie Powers (email@example.com) with the Georgetown Climate Center, which facilitates the TCI at the direction of participating states. Questions about the pledge may also be directed to Ms. Powers. To learn more about the TCI, click here.
Transportation, environment, and energy agency heads and staff from 11 states and the District of Columbia will meet June 12-13 in Baltimore, MD, for the third annual Transportation and Climate Initiative (TCI) Summit.
The Summit will start immediately following the NASTO meeting at the Renaissance Harborplace Hotel with a lunch at noon. Agency heads will participate on the first day of the event. Staff will seek to move projects forward with a work session on June 13 after receiving direction from agency heads.
Additional details about the meeting will be posted here in the months ahead.
The TCI seeks to capture the benefits of clean energy policies and reduce greenhouse gas emissions in the transportation sector. The group is expected to continue its work in the following areas: promoting clean vehicles and fuels, including its Northeast Electric Vehicle Network; fostering sustainable communities; implementing innovative, information and communication technologies, and improving the efficiency of freight throughout the region.
Recent TCI News:
- Car Manufacturers, Utilities, and Other Stakeholders Discuss Priorities for the Northeast EV Network
- Media Coverage: Launch of the Northeast Electric Vehicle Network
- Northeast States Form Regional Electric Vehicle Network
- TCI Jurisdictions Move Forward With Sustainable Communities Activities
Click here for more information about the TCI's work or watch the video below.