Plug In American signs electrification accord

Plug In America, a plug-in electric vehicles coalition, recently signed the Transportation Electrification Accord, which is a set of principles designed to advance the U.S. deployment of electric vehicles in the transportation sector by establishing charging infrastructure across the nation.

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Some of the principles include creating electrified transportation infrastructure that will support light-duty passenger vehicles, heavy-duty vehicles and off-road equipment; establishing infrastructure based on market penetration throughout local cities and towns and along highway corridors; supporting electric transportation at the state and local government level; and allowing utilities to participate in and facilitate the deployment of electric vehicle supply equipment.

“There are a lot of components to think about when it comes to transportation electrification programs,” Katherine Stainken, policy director for Plug In America, said “These principles walk through those elements and the diverse set of signatories shows their wide acceptance among stakeholders. Consumer protection principles are especially noteworthy from our perspective. We look forward to advancing these principles through our work around the country.”

Other signatories include the Sierra Club, the Natural Resources Defense Council, Honda, Siemens, Proterra, Enervee, the Advanced Energy Economy, Energy Foundation, Illinois Citizens Utility Board, and the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers District Nine.