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Smart Transportation News


July, 2020

As the world heads into at least its fourth month of the pandemic, we're maintaining our focus on the future as well as the moment. We're looking at developments resulting from the current state of affairs as well as the road forth.

Here's what we're covering this month:

We're encouraged by Lyft's recent pledge to shift to 100% zero-emission by 2030 and Electrify America's completion of the first of two cross country routes connected by electric vehicle fast-charging stations. 

In June we hosted the Forth Roadmap Conference, utilizing a digital platform to host our panels. 

We're working with the Virginia Garcia Migrant Camp Program by providing electric vehicles to provide transport health care services to farmworkers in rural locations and we've created two new webinar series and co-founded the Clean and Just Transportation Network.

PGE has begun accepting applications for grants through the PGE Drive Change Fund and Pacific Power is offering grants through the Oregon Electric Mobility Grant Program.

The West Coast Electric Highway will be upgraded with charging infrastructure to accommodate heavy-duty vehicles by 2030.

If you have suggestions for us, please reach out. You can always keep track of what we’re up to on the Forth website

Lyft to Go 100% Electric By 2030

Forth member, Lyft – in collaboration with Environmental Defense Fund – announced its commitment to reach 100% electric or zero-emission vehicles on their platform by 2030. This includes cars in the company's Express Drive rental car program, their consumer rental car program, their autonomous vehicle program, and drivers’ personal cars used on the Lyft platform.

"By working with drivers to transition to electric vehicles, we have the potential to avoid tens of millions of metric tons of GHG emissions to the atmosphere and to reduce gasoline consumption by more than a billion gallons over the next decade," the company said in a statement. 

"We chose to stand up and accelerate our efforts to address the climate crisis. With transportation recently overtaking electricity as the single largest source of planet-disrupting greenhouse gas (GHG) pollution in the US, we believe now is the time for Lyft to lead a radical shift in strategy."

Forth's Roadmap Conference

Forth hosted our 2020 Roadmap Conference panel sessions as webinars in June. We had over 2,000 industry stakeholders representing 22 countries join us.

We drove the conversation on advancing electric mobility, specifically around equitable transportation electrification, consumer engagement, city leadership, heavy-duty vehicle charging, and electrifying transportation network companies. The panels were originally scheduled as part of the 33rd International Electric Vehicle Symposium, which was canceled due to COVID-19. Recordings of the panels are available on the Roadmap website.

As part of our program, we also presented the second annual Roadmap Awards, which honor individuals and organizations making significant contributions to the electric mobility industry. We’re very pleased to present the awards to:
 
Community Partner Award: League of Conservation Voter’s Chispa
Public Sector Leadership Award: Norsk Ebilforening (The Norwegian Electric Vehicle Association) 
Private Sector Leadership Award: Daimler Trucks North America
Career Achievement: Mary D. Nichols, California Air Resources Board
Research Award: International Council on Clean Transportation (ICCT)
 
Read more about the award winners and their outstanding work on our blog.

Next year's Forth Roadmap Conference will be held at the Oregon Convention Center June 29-30, 2021. Registration is open. Book here and save with the presale rate of $599. 

Pacific Power Electric Mobility Grants

Pacific Power has announced new funding awards for electric mobility and infrastructure.
Oregon Electric Mobility Grants: 
These funding awards can cover up to 100 percent of the eligible costs of studying, planning, promoting or deploying electric transportation technology and projects.

Washington & California grants: 
Grants for electric vehicle charging infrastructure can cover up to 100% of the eligible costs to purchase and install charging stations. 

Requirements vary by state. Non-residential customers can apply for funding through Pacific Power’s website until August 31, 2020, and recipients will be notified in October.

Questions? Email plugin@pacificpower.net.

Electrify America Connects the Coasts with EV Chargers

Electrify America, A Forth member, has completed the first of two proposed cross-country routes with electric vehicle fast-charging stations. The route crosses 11 states from Washington, D.C. to Los Angeles, California. 

The chargers are spaced roughly 70-miles apart along routes 15 and 70 and offer charging speeds of up to 350 kWh. 

A second route, running from Jacksonville, FLA. to San Diego, CA is scheduled to be completed by summer's end. 

To assist in drafting Electrify America's Cycle 3 National and California ZEV Investment Plans for the next 30-month investment period, suggestions on a range of issues including policy, education, siting, feedback, events and more can be submitted here.

PGE Drive Change Fund

The PGE Drive Change Fund grant application process is open from July 1 through September 1, 2020. Grant recipients will be announced by December 31, 2020.

The PGE Drive Change Fund provides financial support to community organizations, nonprofits and businesses to advance electric vehicle adoption, EV charging infrastructure and/or education in the communities PGE serves.

Projects that meet the needs of underserved communities, are encouraged and preferred. Successful projects will provide a community benefit.

In 2019 Forth worked with PGE to assist community-based organizations in their applications. See the 2019 grantees and learn about their exciting electric transportation projects.

Interested applicants are encouraged to submit questions and get more information by emailing pgedrivechangefund@pgn.com.

West Coast Electric Highway Gets Heavy

Utilities serving the West Coast recently published the West Coast Clean Transit Corridor Initiative Study, which proposes installing 27 fast-charging stations every 50-miles along the 1,300 miles of the I-5 corridor between Canada and Mexico as well as an additional 41 sites on connecting highways, including I-8, I-10, and I-80 in California, I-84 in Oregon, and I-90 in Washington.

Chargers for medium and light-duty trucks could be installed as soon as 2025 with upgrades to accommodate heavy-duty semis by 2030. The power upgrades necessary to charge the big rigs are expected to be exponentially higher than what's currently available along the WCEH with a projected cost of $850-million.

Currently, about 1.7 million trucks operate along the corridor between California, Oregon, and Washington, according to Green Car Reports. The study projects 8% of medium- and heavy-duty trucks in California, Oregon, and Washington will be electric by 2030.

Forth Debuts Two Webinar Series

Forth has launched two new webinar series to engage different audiences within our community: The EVening Commute and The EV Cafeteria

The EVening Commute offers a laid back, consumer-focused series to explore fun topics like electric motorcycles, pickup trucks, and features Q&As with EV experts.

Our next one: The Micromobility Revolution, electric bikes, scooters, and skateboards presents representatives from Rad Power BikesCitibikeOnewheel, and Bird discussing how their companies are pushing the limits towards clean-powered transportation on July 22 at 6 PM.

The EV Cafeteria is modeled after employee lunch and learns and will feature topics such as EV 101 and Basics of charging. Employers, their employees, and other organizations can tune in to learn about the basics of electric vehicles, workplace charging, fleet electrification, industry developments, electric trucks, buses and delivery vehicles, incentives, rebates, and more.

In the first installment of the series, Forth's Kelly Yearick will discuss the basics of driving electric, from A to zero emissions, August 6 at noon.

Forth Co-Founds Clean and Just Transportation Network

Forth, working with Climate Solutions, Oregon Environmental Council (OEC), and Verde, has established the Clean and Just Transportation Network – a diverse consortium of statewide transportation advocates, environmental justice and community-based organizations, and climate groups.

The Network advocates at the state and local levels for transportation policies that dramatically reduce carbon emissions that address historic injustices and are equitable, innovative, and sustainable.

We strive to create a transportation system that helps Oregon meet its greenhouse gas reduction goals (40% by 2035 and 80% by 2050) while strengthening our communities and economy, while creating a transportation system that is also safer, healthier, more affordable, more reliable for everyone, and electrified to the greatest extent possible.

In addition to the broad convening of the Network (which has had upwards of 50 participants in the first few meetings), we will also be directing much of the concrete work of the Network through two focused workgroups. The Transportation Electrification workgroup is co-led by Forth and Climate Solutions, and the Transportation Funding workgroup is headed up by OEC and Verde.
For more information, contact Forth's Rhett Lawrence

Forth Provides EVs for Farmworker Healthcare

Forth is working with the Virginia Garcia Migrant Camp Program, providing a Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV to reduce transportation costs as they take health care services to farmworkers and their families at migrant camps and commercial nurseries in rural locations.

For more than 30 years, Virginia Garcia’s Migrant Camp Program has remained a trusted source of high-quality, comprehensive, culturally appropriate primary care for hundreds of migrant farmworkers and their families, living and working in rural Washington and Yamhill counties.

They’ve screened almost 500 individuals for COVID-19 over the past two weeks – screening will continue throughout the summer harvest season.

Electric Vehicle Ecosystems For Utilities

The Bonneville Environmental Foundation (BEF) recently published two reports, each co-written by Forth, specific to the electric vehicle ecosystem among consumer-owned utilities (COUs) of the Pacific Northwest (PNW).  
 
The Cost-Benefit Study Summary highlights the findings from a BEF-commissioned Energy and Environmental Economics, Inc. (E3) on EV adoption. The report concludes EVs are expected to add $300 to $1,000 in ratepayer benefits per vehicle and are estimated on average to add $4,100 per vehicle to the local economy.
 
The companion report, A Utility EV Planning Guide expands upon the cost-benefit analysis and provides information to local utility boards and managers, including industry trends and specific actions, that allow them to maximize the benefits of electric vehicle adoption in their own territory. 

Forth Develops TEEM

Forth is pleased to announce the hiring of Alexa Diaz as Policy Manager.

Alexa will assist in launching Forth’s new project to support diversity, equity and inclusion mobility, called "Towards Equitable Electric Mobility" or TEEM.

The TEEM goal is to build the capacity for equity-focused organizations and traditionally white-led environmental and transportation organizations to work together more productively at the state level to achieve shared policy objectives.

 
Prior to joining Forth in this role, Alexa was a transportation specialist managing autonomous vehicle and emerging mobility community engagement partnerships and initiatives for the City of San Jose. She also assisted in managing an electric vehicle financial literacy program for low-and moderate-income individuals. Alexa held fellow and intern positions at Beneficial State Foundation, the Oregon Legislative Policy and Research Office, and at the Greenlining Institute, and as a program consultant at Forth. She received her M.P.P. Graduate degree focused on transportation and environment from Oregon State University.

New & Renewing Members

Prosper Portland
OpConnect
Arcimoto
City of Portland 
Cyan Strategies
Grid Alternatives 
VERDE 
The Greenlining Institute
ECOSS  
CharlieAllcockConsulting LLC 
Thorn Run Partners
EV4  LLC

 

Forth is committed to helping members connect with partner organizations and policymakers to reach new markets and advance transportation electrification.

Membership provides networking opportunities with Forth's member companies, as well as our broad industry, non-profit, and government connections. Forth membership also grants access to our member-only programs, resources and events.

If you are interested in becoming a member, contact Simbiat Yusuff.


VISIT OUR WEBSITE FOR A COMPLETE LIST OF MEMBERS

Forth member, Lyft – in collaboration with Environmental Defense Fund – announced its commitment to reach 100% electric or zero-emission vehicles on their platform by 2030. This includes cars in the company's Express Drive rental car program, their consumer rental car program, their autonomous vehicle program, and drivers’ personal cars used on the Lyft platform.

"By working with drivers to transition to electric vehicles, we have the potential to avoid tens of millions of metric tons of GHG emissions to the atmosphere and to reduce gasoline consumption by more than a billion gallons over the next decade," the company said in a statement. 

"We chose to stand up and accelerate our efforts to address the climate crisis. With transportation recently overtaking electricity as the single largest source of planet-disrupting greenhouse gas (GHG) pollution in the US, we believe now is the time for Lyft to lead a radical shift in strategy."

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