Advancements in the transportation sector have the potential to disrupt traditional means for moving people and goods as the focus increases on sustainable transportation methods. Nowhere is this disruption more likely and impactful than in the rapidly growing market for electric vehicles (EVs), particularly when EV deployment is coupled with a clean, sustainable, and renewable electricity supply.
Cities have many tools for shaping the development of EVs due to their governance of public space and transportation, their ability to offer both financial and non-financial incentives, their control over municipal fleets and operations, their influence with the private sector, including the local electric utilities, and their avenues for collaboration with other municipal governments. With the growing demand for EVs, cities must act quickly to shape the outcomes to the greatest benefit of their constituents, and to align initiatives with their environmental, social, and economic priorities.
However, while such communities generally recognize the potential benefits from EVs, they often face unique challenges to continued EV adoption. This report is intended to help city decision-makers (and particularly those in the Midwest) understand the policy and regulatory environments in which they operate and take appropriate action towards deploying greater numbers of EVs.
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