Resources and Publications
FHWA, AASHTO and the Center for Climate and Energy Solutions (C2ES) have undertaken a research project to accelerate the adoption of plug-in electric vehicles by defining an action plan for integrating these vehicles with the U.S. electrical grid nationwide. Three white papers have been developed as a result of the project including:
- State of Play: identifies and explains (1) challenges for the nationwide development of the plug-in electric vehicle (PEV) market, (2) public policies in place to support PEV deployment, (3) PEV market forecasts, and (4) current PEV deployment (Completed) (PDF 580 KB)
- Literature Review: summarizes (1) key externalities that PEVs might address; (2) issues related to PEVs, the electric power system, and the vehicle market; and (3) public policy options. (Completed) (PDF 968 KB)
- The Action Plan: Will propose a set of recommendations for integrating plug-in electric vehicles with the U.S. electrical grid nationwide. The plan will address the respective roles of the various government and private sector players, lay out a timeline for critical steps, and describe an adaptive strategy that takes into account lessons learned. (Completed) (PDF 1.8 mB)
FHWA is supporting a "pooled fund program" initiative, led by the Washington State DOT, to assist State DOT's in collaborating and coordinating state funding efforts, model policies, and best practices related to the deployment of electric vehicles and charging infrastructure. Eight states are participating in the initiative including Arizona, California, Georgia, North Carolina, Ohio, Oregon, Washington, and Wisconsin. To date, the effort has funded two peer-exchange workshops with representatives from participating states, and the development of a "Plug-In Vehicle (PEV) Action Tool" for State DOT's. The Action Tool helps states to understand the PEV market, the actions that can be taken on PEV's, and how those actions fit into the DOT mission.
More information on both the peer-exchange workshops and Action Tool can be found on the Center for Climate Change and Energy Solutions (C2ES) website.
- In September 2012 the Transportation and Climate Initiative (TCI) released a report on the status of electric vehicles in the Northeast. The report, Plug-In Electric Vehicle Deployment in the Northeast- A market Overview and Literature Review, assesses current electric vehicle and electric vehicle charging station technology, looks at the state of PEV markets, reviews the benefits of PEV deployment, and identifies the barriers and challenges to PEVs in gaining market acceptance.
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