Electric Vehicles

Connecticut regulators release draft electric vehicle roadmap

The Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (DEEP) has issued a draft electric vehicle roadmap for the state that identifies a number of policies, programs, and strategies to help Connecticut accelerate customer adoption of EVs and expand the associated charging infrastructure.

The draft roadmap focuses on strategies that seek to:

  • Make EVs and clean transportation options more accessible and affordable by preserving vehicle purchasing incentives and developing a secondary EV market for used vehicles;
  • Integrate EV charging into electric grid planning processes and develop innovative electric rate design to minimize electric grid impacts while maximizing potential benefits of EV charging;
  • Expand and improve infrastructure and the customer charging experience, with a focus on ensuring access in underserved communities;
  • Build upon ongoing regional coordination to expand consumer awareness of the benefits of EV adoption; and
  • Leverage available funding to support vehicle electrification and charging infrastructure

The draft roadmap said that Connecticut’s transportation sector is the largest source of statewide greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, responsible for 38 percent in 2016, the most recent year for which data is available.

The transportation sector was also responsible for 66 percent of the emissions of nitrogen oxides (NOx) in 2017, a key component of ground-level ozone.

Reducing GHG emissions from the transportation sector is required to achieve economy-wide targets of at least 45 percent below 2001 levels by 2030, and 80 percent below 2001 levels by 2050, as required by the state’s 2008 Global Warming Solutions Act and the 2018 Act Concerning Climate Change Planning and Resiliency.

These emissions reductions also help to reduce other harmful air pollutants to achieve attainment of the 2008 and 2015 National Ambient Air Quality Standard for ground-level zone, the draft roadmap said.

“There are several strategies that the state must employ to achieve these statutory GHG and air quality standards, however wide-scale electric vehicle (EV) deployment has been identified as the primary solution for reducing harmful pollution, including ozone and GHG emissions,” the draft roadmap said.

This strategy includes replacing light-duty vehicles and medium-and heavy-duty vehicles, such as freight trucks and school buses that utilize internal combustion engines, with vehicles that are powered by low-to-zero carbon electricity, the draft document said.

DEEP will take comments on the draft document until November 11 and will hold a public comment session on November 8, with a final strategy and policy recommendations expected by early December.

 The draft roadmap is available here.