Accelerating the Adoption of Electric Vehicles in the USA

The “DRIVE Electric USA” initiative is developing state-based “Drive Electric” programs across the U.S. that are engaging individuals, utilities, legislators, dealerships, and others towards removing adoption barriers and accelerating plug-in electric vehicle use.

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Project Overview

Participating States

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Driving State-based EV Adoption

The ”DRIVE Electric USA” (DEUSA) initiative is providing funding and guidance to state partnerships to help them fully build their own statewide “Drive Electric” programs. The purpose of the DEUSA initiative is to break down barriers to accelerating EV education and awareness, engagement, and adoption. We will use our states as great and dissimilar examples of how to successfully build statewide, successful efforts to accelerate the purchase and use of EVs of all sizes by general citizens and fleets.

To fully realize this, project leaders and their partners have been and will continue to educate consumers, utilities, utility regulators, and government officials; engage auto dealers and fleet leaders; conduct corridor and community EV infrastructure planning; and develop local EV chapters. Please visit the “Priority Areas” (PAs) menu to access info about the PAs as well as specific pages related to each PA. All of this is and will occur in each state (or DC) under the banner of a statewide EV initiative, which will be guided by that state’s stakeholders.

Hastening transportation electrification in the USA brings benefits to Americans, including reduced emissions (both greenhouse gas and criteria pollutants), supporting the growth of clean-energy jobs in EV manufacturing and the related Tier 2 and 3 jobs, and developing more equitable transportation solutions for all citizens (not just single-occupancy vehicles – electrified mass transit, bicycles, scooters, ridesharing, and more).

DEUSA Replication Playbook

Success Stories & Best Practices from DEUSA1 Project

One of our primary charges from the DEUSA1 project was to create a “Replication Playbook” or set of success stories from each of our Priority Areas – or barrier-reduction – efforts. Across our 14 state-centric initiatives, each team created three stories, and then these were compiled by Priority Area (abbreviated as “PA” across the document), which resulted in between 5-7 stories in each PA category of addressing EV adoption barriers.

The introduction provides some project background, a description of what each initiative was tasked with doing over the three years in the project (the specific subtasks of work), and then short briefs on their work and what was learned. The full stories from each initiative include the gist of  the what/when/who/where/how/why, photos and graphics related to the work, and then both Outputs & Outcomes and Best Practices & Lessons Learned from the work. Access the entire Replication Playbook below, or delve directly into the subsets of stories from each Priority Area.

The purpose of the Replication Playbook is to allow other states, regions, or communities to learn from the efforts of all 14 of our states, and speed your success towards building relationships to hasten EV adoption in your area!/strong>

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Participating State Drive Electric Programs

Drive Electric Tennessee

East Tennessee Clean Fuels
Jonathan Overly

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Drive Electric Ohio

Clean Fuels Ohio
Jacob Schwemlein

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Drive Electric Alabama

Alabama Clean Fuels Coalition
Mark Bentley

Drive Electric Arizona

DRIVE Electric Arizona
John S. Martinson

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Drive Electric Colorado

Drive Clean Colorado
Julia Davila

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Connecticut Initiative

Capitol Clean Cities of Connecticut
Daphne Dixon

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Drive Electric DC

Greater Washington Region Clean Cities
Antoine Thompson

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Drive Electric Florida

University of Central Florida
Colleen Kettles

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Drive Electric Georgia

Clean Cities-Georgia
Frank Morris

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Drive Clean Indiana
Carl Lisek

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Electrify Kansas

Kansas City Regional Clean Cities & Central Kansas Clean Cities
Jenna Znamenak, Taylor Corn

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Drive Electric Louisiana

Louisiana Clean Fuels
Ann Vail

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Drive Electric Maine

Greater Portland Council
of Governments

Jon Gagne

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Drive Electric Michigan

Michigan Clean Cities
Maggie Striz Calnin

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Drive Electric Minnesota

Great Plains Institute / MN Clean Cities
Lisa Thurstin

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Electrify Missouri

St. Louis Clean Cities & Kansas City Regional Clean Cities
Kevin Herdler & Laura Jones,

Drive Electric Montana

Drive Electric Montana
Dr. Jesse Therien

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Drive Electric New Jersey

New Jersey Clean Cities
Chuck Feinberg

Mission Electric

Empire Clean Cities
Joy Gardner

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Triangle Clean Cities
Sean Flaherty

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Oklahoma Initiative

Central Oklahoma Clean Cities
Eric Pollard

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Drive Electric Pennsylvania

Eastern PA – Alliance for Clean Transportation
Tony Bandiero

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Drive Electric South Dakota

East River Elec. Power Coop.
Chris Studer

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Drive Electric Utah

Utah Clean Cities
Tammie Bostick

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Virginia EV

Virginia Clean Cities
Matt Wade

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Drive Electric Wisconsin

Wisconsin Clean Cities
Lorrie Lisek

Drive Electric Wyoming

Yellowstone-Teton Clean Cities
Alicia Cox


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We appreciate the DOE and its Office of Energy Efficiency & Renewable Energy for selecting our projects and allowing us to build such a far-reaching, collaborative, and impactful opportunity and initiative! 

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