To share information and best practices on Plug-in Electric Vehicle (PEV) deployment and define the role of state DOTs, the Washington State Department of Transportation initiated a Federal Highway Administration transportation pooled fund study, TPF-5(250) on strategies and best practices to support PEV and charging infrastructure commercialization. Representatives from seven other state transportation departments (Arizona, California, Georgia, North Carolina, Ohio, Oregon, and Wisconsin), Federal Highway Administration, and various other local and states entities (Siskiyou County, Oregon Governor’s Office, City of Raleigh, and California Energy Commission) participated in two workshops in Berkeley, CA and Raleigh, NC in March and June 2012, respectively. The Plug-in Electric Vehicle Action Tool is the synthesis of the workshops as well as previous research conducted by the Center for Climate and Energy Solutions (C2ES). The purpose of the Action Tool is to help state DOTs determine their goals for PEV deployment and to chart out a path for reaching those goals.
The Action Tool is also a resource for learning about PEVs and best practices from other state agencies. Although state DOTs are the primary audience, many of the suggested actions and resources in the tool are applicable to other public entities such as local governments and other state agencies.