Guiding Principles to Promote Electric Vehicles and Charging Infrastructure

August 18, 2016

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On July 21, 2016, the White House announced that nearly 50 industry members signed on to Guiding Principles to Promote Electric Vehicles and Charging Infrastructure. This commitment signified the beginning of a collaboration between the government and industry to increase the deployment of electric vehicle charging infrastructure. Building on existing partnerships among federal government, states and communities, electric vehicle and charging infrastructure manufacturers and retailers, electric utilities, national laboratories, universities, and nongovernmental organizations, the Administration endorsed the following guiding principles to enhance electric vehicle use and create a national, household, workplace, and urban charging infrastructure that is available to all Americans:

  • Drive the market transformation to electric vehicles by making it easy for consumers to charge their vehicles with grid-connected infrastructure that is accessible, affordable, available and reliable, and interconnected with other low-carbon transportation options where feasible.
  • Promote electric vehicle adoption by increasing access to charging infrastructure and supporting the development of plug-in electric vehicles that are as accessible, available, and convenient as gasoline-powered vehicles.
  • Promote a robust market for vehicle manufacturers, utilities, equipment service providers, and support industries that ensures a consistent user experience, customer choice, and allows for a streamlined permitting process.
  • Enhance American manufacturing competitiveness, innovation, and the development of advanced technology. 
  • Attract and leverage private, State and Federal investment in electric vehicle deployment, infrastructure, research and development, and education and outreach.
  • Enable smart charging and vehicle grid integration through solutions such as demand response, and other energy storage and load management strategies.

Signatories to the Guiding Principles to Promote Electric Vehicles and Charging Infrastructure include the following industry members, agencies, organizations, and states:

  • Avista
  • Berkshire Hathaway Energy
  • BMW
  • California Air Resources Board
  • ChargePoint
  • Consumers Energy
  • Con Edison
  • Connecticut Green Bank
  • Dayton Power & Light Company
  • Duke Energy
  • Edison Electric Institute
  • Electric Drive Transportation Association (EDTA)
  • Eversource Energy
  • EVGo
  • Florida Power and Light Company
  • Ford
  • Georgia Power
  • General Motors
  • Greenlots
  • Hawaiian Electric
  • Hawai`i Electric Light
  • Maui Electric
  • Indianapolis Power & Light Company
  • Kansas City Power & Light
  • Louisville Gas & Electric and Kentucky Utilities
  • Mercedes-Benz USA, LLC
  • National Association of State Energy Officials (NASEO)
  • National Grid
  • NextGen Climate America
  • New York State
  • Nissan
  • Orange and Rockland
  • Portland General Electric
  • PPL Electric Utilities
  • Pacific Gas & Electric
  • PNM Resources
  • Puget Sound Energy
  • Southern California Edison
  • Southern Company: Alabama Power
  • Southern Company: Georgia Power
  • Southern Company: Gulf Power
  • Southern Company: Mississippi Power
  • State of California
  • TECO Energy
  • Tesla
  • Westar Energy