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The Georgetown Climate Center works with state and federal officials and other stakeholders to help bridge any policy gaps that emerge between transportation and climate policy. The Center also assists states in forging ahead with the deployment of infrastructure for electric and clean fuel vehicles, freight efficiency planning, and transportation policies that reinforce the development and maintenance of sustainable communities.

One of the Center's biggest projects is the facilitation of the Transportation and Climate Initiative - a collaboration of 11 Northeast and Mid-Atlantic states plus the District of Columbia.

News and Updates

Governors from eight states signed an agreement October 24 to build a strong national market for zero-emission vehicles.

Collectively, these states – California, Connecticut, Maryland, Massachusetts, New York, Oregon, Rhode Island and Vermont – represent almost a quarter of the nation's automobile market. The states intend to build consumer demand, which will lower zero emission vehicle (ZEV) costs through economies of scale and expand the range of product lines available to consumers throughout the U.S.

The eight states have pledged to put 3.3 million zero-emission vehicles on the road by 2025.  The memorandum of understanding (MOU) outlines joint and individual actions that...

New England governors and eastern Canadian premiers reached a new agreement September 9 to work cooperatively to support increased use of alternative fuel vehicles and networks within the region.

The group passed a resolution at its annual meeting that directs the New England Governors and Eastern Canadian Premiers (NEG-ECP) to work with organizations to compile an inventory of regional initiatives regarding electric and natural-gas-powered vehicles, propose actions aimed at facilitating the interoperability of electric vehicle charging and alternative fueling stations, and identify corridors where alternative fuel infrastructure could be established....

Due to a recent legal settlement, 1 transit agencies across the country will now be able to provide real-time travel data to the public without fear of litigation. This real-time data is used to provide bus and train arrival times and information on travel delays through mobile devices, the internet, and digital displays at rail stations and bus stops, and has been shown to help increase transit use. 

As the Georgetown Climate Center and multiple transit agencies identified last year, a company called ArrivalStar had been threatening lawsuits against transit agencies and others who tried to provide the public with arrival and departure...

The State of Hawaii launched a mobile app on July 12 that will help electric vehicle (EV) owners locate publicly available EV charging stations statewide. The app, “EV Stations Hawaii,” provides drivers with EV charging station locations and mapping directions, and allows users to search for EV stations across Hawaii or for EV stations closest to their current location.

The app is being managed by the Hawaii State Energy Office, and...

Connecticut launched an electric vehicle charging initiative on July 9 that will more than double the amount of charging stations available in the state by the end of 2013. The initiative is part of “EVConnecticut,” a program that seeks to support the integration of EVs into the market by expanding the availability of EV charging stations and providing resources for EV owners.

The charging station program was launched by Connecticut’s Department of Energy and Environmental Protection and Department of Transportation, and will provide $200,000 in funding for the installation...

Mayor Greg Ballard, the Bolloré Group, and business leaders in Indianapolis announced on June 10th, that the city will be home to the largest electric car-share program in the United States. This service will provide new transportation options to residents of Indianapolis, and will result in one of the densest electric vehicle charging station networks in the country.

French company Bolloré Group plans to invest $35 million in an electric vehicle system across the metro area, which will feature 500 electric vehicles and 1,200 charging stations clustered at 200 car-share locations. The new program is modeled after Bolloré’s Autolib’ car-share service in Paris, which has 37,000...

On June 10th, the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) released its new eGallon calculator, which allows electric vehicle drivers to see how much they can save on fuel by using electricity instead of gasoline.

The eGallon calculator takes the average miles-per-gallon of a new vehicle and calculates how much it would cost to drive an electric car the same distance. Since electricity and gasoline costs vary across the country, the tool shows users how much electricity costs in their home state, and compares it to the cost of gasoline.

For more information on the eGallon, click here.