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Electric Vehicles

Coverage of electric vehicle (EV) policy and use by government and consumers in the United States as jurisdictions increasingly incorporate electric cars, buses and other vehicles into government fleets to help meet climate change goals. Includes stories about electric vehicle infrastructure and battery development, hybrid vehicles, electric scooters and bikes.

The funding is part of the Rebuild Illinois capital plan and will pay for 643 new direct-current, fast-charging ports at 141 sites around the state. Sites will be publicly accessible areas like malls, retail stores and hotels.
The Department of Energy finalized changes last month to a little-known energy calculation that could dramatically impact automakers’ ability to sell gas-powered cars and trucks.
Reasoning that the electric vehicle market is likely to grow, and retrofitting is expensive, the St. Paul, Minn., City Council may require future lots with more than 15 spaces to be EV-ready. They would have to have conduit for charging stations.
The San Francisco Bay Area’s leading role in electric vehicle adoption is producing a measurable drop in the region’s carbon footprint and contribution to the battle against climate change, research suggests.
The county, centrally located in New York state, will use a $268,000 state grant to build electric vehicle charging stations at three of its buildings. The funding came from a Municipal Zero-Emission Vehicle Infrastructure Grant last year.
In late April, the San Diego City Council will consider a contract that would commission public charging stations at an array of city facilities. Councilmembers wonder whether revenue generated will sufficiently cover reimbursement costs.
The new electric vehicle sites must be located within one mile of an interstate exit and each have at least four ports. The $11.3 million in federal money the state is receiving is part of the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act.
A roughly four-mile stretch of the upcoming State Road 516 in central Florida will charge electric vehicles while they drive. It’s being billed as the first-ever such roadway built from scratch. Other similar projects retrofit existing thoroughfares.
The Indiana Department of Transportation is working with Purdue University and power unit maker Cummins to build a segment that can wirelessly charge electric vehicles as they are driven. The stretch of road will be roughly one-quarter mile.
Reducing vehicle miles is the most powerful way to cut greenhouse gas emissions, an executive at StreetLight Data said. Its new 2024 U.S. Transportation Climate Impact Index ranks the nation’s 100 most populous metropolitan areas.