- Virginia should look to Maryland for electric vehicle policy, report says
- Maryland has an edge for EV shoppers
- Virginia catching up on charging infrastructure
- EV Businesses
- Virginia Clean Cities– regional nonprofit project facilitator – Harrisonburg, VA
- Car Charging – EVSE installer and financial assistance – Harrisonburg, Virginia
- Urban Grid Solar – Charger and renewables installer – Richmond, Virginia
- Eaton Corporation– Vehicle chargers manufacturing and maintenance – Williamsburg, VA
- Solar Services– Solar electric system and electric vehicle charger installer – Virginia Beach, Virginia
- Aker Wade – L3 charger manufacturer – Charlottesville, Virginia
- Plugless Power – Plugless charging manufacturer – Wytheville, Virginia
- Dupont – Manufacturer of electric vehicle battery components – Chesterfield, Virginia
- AVRC – Vehicle conversions and charge station installation – Danville, Virginia
- Municipal Electric Power Association of Virginia – Municipal utilities
- Shorepower Technologies – EVSE manufacturer and truck stop electrification – Virginia Beach, VA
- Old Dominion Innovations, Inc.– Renewable energy and EV charger installations – Ashland, VA
Virginia should look to Maryland for electric vehicle policy, report says
More than half of Virginians are amenable to electrifying their next ride. But both a shortage of car lot inventory and a lack of point-of-sale rebates are stalling the electric vehicle adoption rate at below 2% statewide.
Lifting those barriers could put Virginia in alignment with its EV-friendlier neighbor Maryland, according to a report released by a Charlottesville nonprofit Wednesday.
Nationwide, Generation 180 research reveals, Virginia ranks 13th in electric vehicle sales, while smaller Maryland comes in 10th. Virginia’s population is roughly 8.5 million and Maryland’s is about 6 million.
Stuart Gardner, director of Electrify Your Ride, a Generation 180 initiative, said 13th place is nothing to sneeze at. But he noted that Virginia could leapfrog Maryland with a few policy nudges.
“What we’re saying is, here’s all this potential,” he said in an interview. “Virginia is doing fairly well, even without incentives, and the people are already receptive to electric vehicles. What we’re missing are the cars.”
Generation 180 is also hosting two online events today (Nov. 18) to discuss its report. Electrifying Virginia: Why EVs Matter and Electrifying Virginia’s Transportation Policies are free and open to the public.
Through 2019, about 24,000 electric vehicles — battery-electric models and plug-in hybrids — were part of the mix of 7.5 million registered vehicles on Virginia roads.
Publication of the Virginia Drives Electric report is timed to prod legislators to act on at least three key measures during their next session, scheduled to begin in January.
To accelerate electric vehicle growth, the report authors recommended that the General Assembly and state officials:
- Match Maryland and other states by adopting a California initiative, the Advanced Clean Cars Program. Its vehicle standards require auto manufacturers to send electric vehicles to new car dealers and a certain number have to be zero emissions.
- Fund a $3,500 “point-of-sale” rebate for buyers and fold in an additional $1,000 incentive for low- to moderate-income Virginians.
- Follow through on becoming the first state in the South to join the Transportation and Climate Initiative, an ambitious endeavor started by the District of Columbia and 11 New England and Mid-Atlantic states. Its goal is to curb regional transportation sector emissions, about 40% of total greenhouse gas emissions, by up to 25% by 2032. Organizers say they will release the program’s cap-and-invest design by the end of the year.
“We’re looking at speeding adoption along,” Gardner said about the three intertwined policies. “These are relatively easy levers to pull to help clean up transportation.”
In June, state utility regulators wrapped up a comment period connected to vehicle electrification. Specifically, the State Corporation Commission gathered perspectives on how energy storage, public charging stations and the intricacies of rate design mesh with affordability and reliability of electricity service to consumers.
A Democratic-majority General Assembly took huge steps earlier this year to green the electric grid by passing the Virginia Clean Economy Act and other measures.
Democratic Gov. Ralph Northam has clearly stated that the transportation sector — the leading source of emissions — is next in the decarbonization line as it accounts for at least 45% of the state’s heat-trapping gases. That figure is higher than it is in many states.
Right now, Virginia is relatively stingy with electric vehicle incentives. One allows owners an emissions testing exemption and others give drivers access to high-occupancy vehicle lanes and lower time-of-use charging rates in select locales.
Gardner and his colleagues noted that the state is ly discouraging electric vehicle adoption by increasing the highway use fee in July, part of the registration costs that owners pay upfront.
“We need to do everything we can to speed the adoption of electric transportation to support the state’s long-term carbon-reduction goals,” said Wendy Philleo, executive director of Generation 180. “Putting pro-EV policies in place is the best next step.”
Maryland has an edge for EV shoppers
Through mid-October, Virginia car dealers have sold about 8,820 electric vehicles. But that’s just a puny portion of the hundreds of thousands of new cars and light-duty trucks driven off lots statewide each year.
“We sell a lot of vehicles in Virginia,” Gardner said about the 430,000 new ones sold in 2019. “If we could just increase that EV number a little bit, what a difference it would make.”
Emily Morrison of Charlottesville was trying to pitch in to tilt that electric vehicle figure upward in June. Seeking a second car, she test-drove a Hyundai Kona. When she returned to the dealer a few days later, it had already sold.
“The dealer hadn’t reached out in the interim,” Morrison said about her disappointing experience. “And all he told me was he didn’t have any in stock and there weren’t any others on the East Coast.”
Her two science-oriented daughters — ages 15 and 17 — and their passion for the planet had initially convinced their mother to pursue an electric car. A family friend even tracked down two other Konas after the first deal fizzled.
“But one was in Pennsylvania and the other in Maryland,” Morrison said. “That was just too far to travel.”
The 43-year-old ended up purchasing a hybrid car in Virginia and “I love it.” But it still annoys her that the dealer seemed so ambivalent about losing an electric vehicle sale.
“In a typical sales environment, dealers would be more apt to move EVs if they were being incentivized,” she said. “That dealer’s attitude was, ‘We’re all sold out. Good luck to you.’”
Morrison ly would have had better luck if she had a Maryland address.
Overall electric vehicle inventory was 44% to 54% lower in Virginia cities than in comparable Maryland cities, according to Generation 180 researchers. It’s especially relevant that sought-after models such as the Toyota Prius Prime and Hyundai Kona were seven to 10 times more available in Maryland than in Virginia.
Those snapshot results are from an inventory survey the Green Energy Consumers Alliance conducted on Oct. 22 at six cities in each neighboring state.
Maryland made for a fair and convenient benchmark because it’s next door, but more EV-friendly, Gardner said. He added that Maryland will continue to win out on inventory unless Virginia follows the lead of its northern neighbor by joining the Advanced Clean Cars Program.
“Otherwise, Virginia will continue to be left out,” Gardner said. “Auto manufacturers prioritize states that belong.”
Falling farther behind would be an especially hard blow, he said, as manufacturers are on the verge of introducing a wider range of electric cars, including pickup trucks and SUVs. Industry groups estimate nearly 40 new and refreshed electric vehicle offerings will roll out through next year.
“There are lots of options coming to replace the big gas guzzlers.”
A graphic provided by Generation 180 illustrates responses to a survey question about how ly respondents were to buy an electric vehicle.
Virginia catching up on charging infrastructure
Results of a late summer survey about how Virginians perceived electric vehicles provided oomph for Generation 180’s 39-page report.
Some 53% of the 1,104 adults queried online said they were “somewhat” or “very ly” to consider purchasing an EV as their next car. As well, more than 70% of the respondents said they not only had a positive view of electric vehicles, but also would support a range of state incentives.
EVs are now more expensive upfront than gasoline-powered cars, but cheaper to repair and maintain. Industry experts expect EVs to reach cost parity between 2024 and 2027.
As jazzed as Morrison was about an EV purchase, she admitted that a top concern was a lack of charging infrastructure she would need for trips around Virginia and to North Carolina. More than half of the survey respondents had similar worries.
Not surprisingly, Maryland is also outpacing Virginia on this front, but not by much. Virginia has enough chargers to support 24,000 EVs, while Maryland’s additional 343 plugs can handle 25,000 EVs, according to the U.S. Department of Energy’s Advanced Fuels Data Center.
“When you consider that Virginia is over three times the size of Maryland, geographically speaking … it’s troubling that the Commonwealth would be this far behind,” the report authors wrote.
However, they noted that Virginia is expanding its statewide network via the Department of Environmental Quality’s $14 million contract with Los Angeles-based EVgo Services. Those dollars are from the Volkswagen pollution mitigation settlement. The goal is for 95% of Virginians to be within 30 miles of a charger.
Gardner is aware that even a full conversion to EVs won’t solve all of Virginia’s transportation woes. But he emphasizes it could provide key environmental and public health benefits because Virginians drive an estimated 234 million miles daily.
And there’s another overarching statistic from the nonprofit Rocky Mountain Institute that weighs heavily on his team. The United States needs to electrify 40 to 50 million light-duty vehicles in the next decade to match the central aim of the Paris Climate Agreement.
“Yes, there’s that,” Gardner said. “We have some work to do.”
Virginia is host to companies that convert vehicles to electric, that manufacturer chargers, that provide and install chargers, that assist with charger financing and that provide numerous other services. Below is a list of Virginia employers, businesses, and contacts for electric vehicles in Virginia. Please leave a comment or email firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any additions or changes to this list.
Virginia Clean Cities – regional nonprofit project facilitator – Harrisonburg, VA
Virginia Clean Cities is one of 90 coalitions nationwide assisting with local decisions to advance clean domestic alternate fuel vehicles in place of imported and environmentally challenging petroleum fuels. Clean cities can assist with project technical information as well as identifying additional contacts or funding. www.vacleancities.org
Car Charging – EVSE installer and financial assistance – Harrisonburg, Virginia
Car Charging Group installs and maintains public electric car chargers at no cost to the host. They are technology neutral company which assures that they can provide the equipment that best suits your specific application.
The end user pays for the use of the machine and Car Charging Group shares its revenue with the host. Car Charging pays for the install and the other cost such as liability insurance, service, and pays for the electricity.
So not only do you get the charging units installed and maintained for free, they generate revenue for hosts. www.carcharging.com
Urban Grid Solar – Charger and renewables installer – Richmond, Virginia
Urban Grid is a renewable energy company that hopes to make solar energy and electric vehicle charging stations a standard part of commercial & residential construction.
They do solar thermal, photovoltaic, and EV charging station installations in Virginia, Maryland, and the Washington DC area. In addition to the commercial & residential sectors, we are an approved government contractor and SWAM vendor.
They offer free site assessments and design each renewable installation to fit the current and future energy needs of the client. Photovoltaic systems are covered under warranty for 25 years and a 3 year annual service agreement is standard with every installation.
EV ChargePoint Systems also come with an extended warranty to ensure maximum usage. Partnerships with Coulomb and Aker Wade. www.urbangridco.com
Erin Hensley – Urban Grid Solar, Inc. 3310 W. Clay St, Suite 100 Richmond VA 23230
P: 804.353.0491 F: 804-353-0491 erin@urbangridsolar
Eaton Corporation – Vehicle chargers manufacturing and maintenance – Williamsburg, VA
Eaton is a manufacturer, installer, and maintenance operation of electric vehicle chargers and various components. Eaton manufactures home charging units in Williamsburg, Virginia and has served many Virginia installations. www.eaton.com
Solar Services – Solar electric system and electric vehicle charger installer – Virginia Beach, Virginia
Solar Services promotes electric vehicle chargers with solar electric panels as the IRS says the tax credit for this is 50%.
They do work all over the state and look to promote this technology as smart for small business and homeowner a.
Solar Services has been in the solar/clean energy business since the 1970’s, so they have a long term commitment to a clean environment and smart use of energy. http://www.solarservices.com
Suzanne Kanz 877 Seahawk Circle Suite #101, Virginia Beach, VA, 23452 P: (757) 427-6300 P2: (757) 468-1887 F: (757) 468-3247 email@example.com
Aker Wade – L3 charger manufacturer – Charlottesville, Virginia
Founded in 2000, Aker Wade Power Technologies designs, manufactures and services advanced fast charging systems for electric vehicles. Today, Aker Wade fast chargers are in use in facilities across the United States, Europe, and Australia.
Management and staff have extensive experience in electrical and mechanical engineering, factory automation software development, chemistry, advanced power controls, and manufacturing science as well as technical product sales and applications engineering. www.
P: (434) 975-6001 firstname.lastname@example.org
Plugless Power – Plugless charging manufacturer – Wytheville, Virginia
Requiring no cord and plug, Plugless Power™ is the world’s first “hands-free” proximity charging system for electric vehicles.
inductive power transfer used in electrical transformers for over 100 years, Plugless Power offers outfitted vehicles the ability to pull into a parking space (or garage) and refuel without any driver interaction.
The proximity charging system guards against forgetting to recharge, tripping hazards, and inclement weather while also redefining electric vehicle recharging as just another automatic process that can easily be acclimated into a wireless, self-cleaning, user-free life. www.pluglesspower.com
Rebecca Hough, EVP of Technology, email@example.com P: 276.620.3196
Related: June 29, 2010 announcement: 84 jobs, $3.4 million investment http://www.governor.virginia.gov/news/viewRelease.cfm?id=219
Dupont – Manufacturer of electric vehicle battery components – Chesterfield, Virginia
DuPont has a manufacturing facility in Chesterfield County to make the first nanofiber-based polymeric separators for high-performance lithium ion batteries for electric vehicles and many other potential commercial uses. The facility, an early commercial-scale plant to produce the new material for this growing market, will begin operations in early 2011.
Related: August 3, 2010 announcement of Dupont $20 million investment http://www.governor.virginia.gov/news/viewRelease.cfm?id=300
AVRC – Vehicle conversions and charge station installation – Danville, Virginia
AVRC has a commercial initiative to convert hybrid Toyota Priuses to Plug-In Hybrid Electric Vehicles. AVRC also sells Coulomb chargers in the Virginia market. www.avrc.com
Dick Dell, firstname.lastname@example.org
Municipal Electric Power Association of Virginia – Municipal utilities
Some municipalities have a full scale electric utility that may be able to assist with project considerations or offer resources. For a listing of these municipalities, please visit : www.mepav.org
Shorepower Technologies – EVSE manufacturer and truck stop electrification – Virginia Beach, VA
Manufacturers, installs and services electric vehicle supply equipment (EVSE) and truck stop electrification (TSE) equipment throughout the country. Shorepower supplied the charging stations at several Virginia rest areas. www.shorepower.com
Old Dominion Innovations, Inc.– Renewable energy and EV charger installations – Ashland, VA
Old Dominion Innovations, Inc. is a Class A licensed Electrical and Building Contractor, specializing in renewable and sustainable construction. We sell, service, and install Solar PV, Solar Thermal, and Electric Vehicle Chargers throughout Virginia.
We provide turn-key solutions for everything from homeowner charging stations to Solar Powered, whole fleet sized build-outs.
As a licensed Electrical contractor, you will be dealing with us and our employes throughout your project, instead of relying on subcontractors for your critical infrastructure needs. We feel that this gives you a higher quality installation at a lower price.
We are a SWAM vendor with the State of Virginia and a member of the BBB. We offer free site assessments and will even service and repair installations done by other companies. olddominioninnovations.com
9432 Atlee Commerce Blvd, Suite H, Ashland, VA 23005