In addition to educating consumers, the Department of Energy (DOE) is committed to providing resources to stakeholders to help them increase their readiness for electric vehicles (EVs) and pave the way to electrified transportation.
States and Municipalities
States and municipalities are key players in increasing EV readiness. The best way for states and municipalities to improve their EV readiness is to partner with their local Clean Cities coalition, which can connect them to specific regional resources and other relevant stakeholders.
- Plug-in Electric Vehicle Readiness Scorecard: Hosted on the DOE’s Alternative Fuels Data Center, the Scorecard allows communities to assess their readiness, receive feedback about ways to improve, read about best practices, and record progress.
- Guide to the Lessons Learned from the Clean Cities Community Electric Vehicle Readiness Projects: This guide, which is on the DOE Clean Cities’ website, summarizes the best practices in streamlining permitting processes, revising codes, training emergency personnel, developing incentives, and educating the public based on the experiences of 16 EV readiness projects across the country.
- Reports from the Clean Cities’ EV Community Readiness Projects: These are individual reports and community readiness plans from each of the projects, hosted on the Clean Cities’ website.
- Zoning, Codes and Parking Ordinances: This page on the DOE’s Alternative Fuels Data Center links to relevant NIST codes for electric vehicle charging.
- Handbook for Public Charging Station Hosts: This handbook on the DOE’s Alternative Fuels Data Center provides an overview for what cities hosting public charging stations need to know before installation.
- Creating EV-Ready Towns and Cities: A Guide to Planning and Policy Tools: Published by the Transportation and Climate Initiative, this guide provides information on the steps to create, administer, and amend planning processes, rules and regulations, including in zoning, parking, and permitting.
- EV-Ready Codes for the Built Environment: This guide, published by the Transportation and Climate Initiative, provides an overview of building and electrical codes as relating to EVs, as well as providing recommendations specific to jurisdictions in the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic.
- Training on EVs for First Responders through the National Alternative Fuels Training Consortium and the National Fire Protection Association provides essential education to firefighters, police officers, EMTs and others that may need to respond to accidents involving EVs.
- Drive Electric Vermont Case Study: This case study examines the opportunities and barriers to enabling small and midsize communities to partake in the plug-in electric vehicle market and benefit from the economic and environmental advantages of the vehicles.
Providing charging at the workplace can encourage employees to purchase EVs, be an attractive employee benefit, and maximize all-electric miles driven by EV owners.
Like consumers, fleets can benefit from the low operating costs and other benefits associated with EVs. Local Clean Cities coalitions can help fleets decide which technologies and models will be most appropriate to meet their needs.
- Handbook for Fleet Managers: This handbook on the DOE’s Alternative Fuels Data Center provides fleet-specific information on the basics of EVs, including issues like maintenance and charging.
- Plug-in Electric Light, Medium and Heavy-Duty Vehicle Search: This tool on DOE’s Alternative Fuels Data Center provides information on EVs that can be filtered by class/type and manufacturer.
- AFLEET Tool: Argonne National Laboratory’s Alternative Fuel Life-Cycle Environmental and Economic Transportation Tool allows fleet managers to calculate the cost of ownership, petroleum use, greenhouse gas emissions, and air pollutant emissions of alternative fuel vehicles.
Electrical Contractors and Inspectors
The installation of residential, workplace and public charging is essential to establishing an EV market.
- Electric Vehicle Infrastructure Training Program: This program provides training and certification at community colleges and electrical training centers across the U.S. for people installing electric vehicle supply equipment for residential and commercial markets.
- EVSE Residential Charging Installation Video: A series of segments on the Clean Cities TV YouTube channel walk electricians through the basics of installing EVSE in homes, including an overview of the equipment, the relevant National Electrical Codes, inspection, and best practices.
Through our partnership with the Edison Electric Institute, DOE is developing a suite of tools for utilities to support the use of EVs.
- The Utility Guide to Plug-in Electric Vehicle Readiness: A guide from the Edison Electric Institute, this document covers structuring your company to support EVs, adding EVs to utility fleets, enhancing the customer experience, working with state and local governments, and managing the electrical grid with EVs.
- Utilities Power Change – This case study showcases how New Jersey's Public Service Electric and Gas Company, and Southern Company’s unit Georgia Power are launching workplace charging programs for their commercial customers.