Webinar: Planning for EV Infrastructure in Vermont

electric cars charging in front of the Vermont State Capitol buildingJoin Vermont Clean CitiesDrive Electric Vermont, and VTrans on Wednesday, May 18th at 1 pm for a webinar about Electric Vehicle Charging Infrastructure in Vermont. Hear about funding opportunities, including the National Electric Vehicle Infrastructure (NEVI) program included in the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law (BIL) passed in November 2021, federal and state EV charging goals, and more. Share your thoughts on expanding charging availability in Vermont.

This free webinar is open to anyone interested in accelerating EV adoption in Vermont. We hope to see you there!

When: May 18, 2022
When: 1 – 3 PM
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Preliminary Agenda

1:00 – Welcome and Introductions

1:05 – Charging infrastructure overview

1:15 – Vermont charging investments to-date

1:30 – Federal and State goals for EV charging

1:40 – Vermont EV charging plan development

1:55 – break

2:00 – break-out rooms to discuss feedback

2:20 – break-out reports

2:30 – open discussion / Q&A

This session will be recorded and shared with all registered attendees.
 

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Considering a Vermont Clean Transportation Standard Webinar

Through this webinar, we aim to explain the policy mechanisms of a Clean Transportation Standard and demonstrate how the policy can support clean energy investments and jobs, and help Vermont meet its climate commitments and energy goals.

Our presenters include,

Jared Duval, Executive Director, Energy Action Network & Member, VT Climate Council

Cory-Ann Wind, Oregon Clean Fuels Program Manager

Colin Murphy, Policy Institute for Energy, Environment and Economy

Eileen Tutt, California Electric Transportation Coalition.

 
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Electric School Buses: Vehicle-to-Grid (V2G) Charging Solutions Webinar – Part 2

Electric Medium and Heavy-Duty Webinar Series

Join us for the next installment in our Electric Medium and Heavy-Duty Webinar Series!

Electric School Buses: Vehicle-to-Grid (V2G) Charging Solutions Webinar Part 2:

Electric School Bus Funding, Financing, and Incentives

Learn how V2G technology can not only store energy in the electric bus battery but also discharge it back into the grid during an emergency!

Geared for: school districts, utilities, municipal & private sector fleets, general EV enthusiasts!

Part 2: 3/31/22: 3:30 – 5pm

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Electric School Buses: Vehicle-to-Grid (V2G) Charging Solutions Webinar – Part 1

Electric Medium and Heavy-Duty Webinar Series

Join us for the next installment in our Electric Medium and Heavy-Duty Webinar Series!

Electric School Buses: Vehicle-to-Grid (V2G) Charging Solutions Webinar: Part 1

A Study in Vehicle-to-Grid Charging Technology and the Electric School Bus Use Case

Learn how V2G technology can not only store energy in the electric bus battery but also discharge it back into the grid during an emergency!

Geared for: school districts, utilities, municipal & private sector fleets, general EV enthusiasts!

Part 1: 3/24/22 3:30 – 5pm

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Part 2: 3/31/22: 3:30 – 5pm

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DOE funds EMPOWER Workplace Charging project

On Nov. 1, 2021, the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Vehicle Technologies Office announced the winners of the FY’21 “Low Greenhouse Gas (GHG) Vehicle Technologies Research, Development, Demonstration and Deployment” funding opportunity. Included in this year’s round was the Topic Area of “Electric Vehicle Workplace Charging.” One of the announced winners was the Columbia-Willamette Clean Cities Coalition and their EMPOWER proposal – “Equitable Mobility Powering Opportunities for Workplace Electrification Readiness.”  

Vermont Clean Cities Coalition (VTCCC) at UVM’s Transportation Research Center is one of the 30 DOE Clean Cities Coalitions that will lead the boots-on-the-ground implementation of a new national workplace charging alliance. The work will begin with a year’s convening of diverse transportation electrification representatives that will share experiences, listen and craft a program that will encourage participation by workplaces in diverse communities across America. The project team is receiving $3,970,539 in federal funds while providing over $1,000,000 in cost share from non-federal sources. 

The EMPOWER project will accelerate the interest and support for workplace charging nationwide using a national landing page/funnel and website that will house our tools, resources and information, along with consistent messaging, tactics and coordination with national data and utility partners. This project has a primary goal of advancing employer commitments for workplace charging programs and installations. Secondary goals include collecting and advancing electric vehicle charging research and increasing career pathways in the EV charging industry for underrepresented communities. 

Major project partners working with VTCCC include Burlington Electric Department, Green Mountain Power, and Two Rivers-Ottauquechee Regional Commission.  

To learn more or get involved in Vermont, contact us: poneillv@uvm.edu     

To learn more about the EMPOWER project, emailempower@cwcleancities.org  

 

Electric Vehicle Ride & Drive

This event has been postponed to Dec 3.
 
Learn all about and test drive an electric vehicle! There will be information on rebates and incentives.
The event will be held at UVM’s Davis Center.
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The Transportation & Climate Initiative: Investing in an affordable, reliable, and clean transportation future

Transportation makes up roughly 40% of Vermont’s greenhouse gas emissions. The Transportation & Climate Initiative Program (TCI-P) would not only reduce our region’s pollution from on-road transportation but also provide Vermont with at least $19 million per year to invest in clean transportation solutions. Join EAN and VBSR to hear from community leaders from across the state about their efforts to make transportation more affordable, reliable, green, and accessible for all Vermonters and how TCI-P dollars can take their work to new heights.

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Medium & Heavy Duty Webinar Series: What’s Here, What’s Coming: Electric Transit & School Buses

Join Vermont Clean Cities, Granite State Clean Cities, and Maine Clean Communities for webinar #4 in our “Medium & Heavy-Duty Electric Vehicle/Tech/Equipment” webinar series geared for public & private Transit & School Bus Fleet Managers, planning commissions, energy committees and other advocates & decision-makers.

This webinar will feature a panel of electric bus/charging technology manufacturers and providers. This is your chance to hear about transit buses and school buses that are available today and what’s coming down the road!

Featuring Speakers from:

Lion Electric

Richard Lee, Director of U.S. Bus Sales

Blue Bird

Jim Anderson, Vice President

Jason Raposa, Business Development Manager

BYD

Randy Premo, Regional Sales Manager

Proterra

Lisa Lillelund, Director, Channel Sales

Highland

BAE Systems

John Hroncich, Director, North American Transit Sales

 

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Walk to Shop Program

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A people-powered movement to advance a walking culture

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Have you seen one of the new lime-green shopping trolleys around Burlington? These stylish trolleys have made their way into the hands of Burlington residents thanks to the “Walk to Shop” initiative spearheaded by Net Zero Vermont. The program rolled out in the spring of this year. Working with their community partners, Net Zero Vermont is offering the trolleys at a reduced cost of $35 to residents interested in making more shopping trips by foot. There are further reduced rates for income-sensitive individuals or households.

The program seeks to support existing and current walkers to travel more efficiently for necessary short trips by walking instead of driving to their destinations. Most Burlington residents live within a 15-minute walk of their nearest grocery store, though many are unaware of this. The trolley serves as an important accessibility tool allowing a greater range of people to make these short shopping trips by walking and having the ability to carry up to 40 lbs. comfortably in one trip.

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Net Zero Vermont has held several demonstrations and pop-up events at grocery stores around town as well as at the Farmer’s Market over the summer. People are excited to take the trolleys for a test roll and are surprised by how easy it is to move a heavy load of groceries. Once an individual has decided to take the plunge and purchase a trolley, the program’s ask of them is simple: use the trolley 1-2 times a week to replace a trip they normally would have made by car and then provide feedback about their experience through a survey. User feedback has been overwhelmingly positive, with users praising how light and agile the trolley is when filled with groceries, how it takes up less space and is easier to use than larger and heavier metal grocery trolleys, how they love that they no longer must “arm-wrangle” bags of groceries into the house but can easily just pull the trolley inside, and how they’re excited to be walking and feel more a part of their community by doing so. Participants range from those over 50 seeking to make lifestyle changes, to younger people living in small apartments downtown who are interested in more sustainable transit options, to those without cars who are already dependent on public transit and walking. 

The benefits of the trolley for individual shoppers are numerous, but the program is also concerned with the greater impact that supporting increased walking for short trips will have on Vermont’s transportation system, greenhouse gas emissions reduction goals, and our communities overall. Walking is often left out of the sustainable transportation planning conversations, but as an efficient, convenient, affordable, and equitable option, it needs to make its way into those policy and planning discussions as a viable alternative to single-occupancy vehicles, so that our communities as a whole are driving less.

When the focus shifts to walking instead of driving for short trips that are 20 minutes or less, a number of benefits and opportunities open up. It creates a more connected active-transportation network and infrastructure, where people are able to safely and seamlessly walk from their homes to shops and amenities, as well as connects with biking infrastructure and public transit for longer trips. Walking creates a number of interconnected environmental, economic, and social co-benefits.

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Environmental Benefits 

  • Contributes Zero emissions 
  • Improves air quality
  • Keeps development dense, preserving open and natural space
  • Decreases fuel and emissions (numbers are national):
    • $575 million in fuel costs saved per year
    • 2 million metric tons of CO2 emission saved per year (equivalent of taking 400,000 cars off the road)

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Economic Benefits

  • Increases foot traffic and shopper frequency to local stores which boosts local economies
  • Reduces demand for new parking spaces 
  • Decreases wear and tear on roadways resulting in fewer maintenance costs
  • Walking infrastructure has low capital investment costs and potential high rates of return

Social, Health and Equity Benefits

  • Expands access to the one-third of Burlington’s seniors who don’t drive
  • Is more ergonomic than shopping bags and doesn’t exacerbate back problems
  • Increases social activity and community safety
  • Increases independence and access for those without cars
  • Increases physical activity for improved health outcomes
  • Improves health benefits and related cost savings (numbers are national)
    • $5 billion in health benefits due to improved air quality
    • $4 billion in avoided deaths and reduced health care costs because of increased physical activity

The “Walk to Shop” program is an opportunity to shift short, utilitarian trips from driving to walking and to increase support for more active transportation infrastructure. By supporting people in making the choice to walk, the program is helping to shift the behavioral and attitude changes that are necessary to encourage policy changes that include walking as a viable and important transportation option that will help Vermont achieve its greenhouse gas emission reduction goals and to make its transportation system safe and equitable for all Vermonters.

Building on the program’s success in Burlington, Net Zero Vermont is working to expand the program to more Vermont towns, with Rutland potentially being next. 

For more information about the program, contact:
Stuart Lindsay: stu@netzerovt.org
Phil Hammerslough: phil@netzerovt.org

 

 

Fueling the Path Forward: Emerging Trends

The premier annual event promoting alternative and sustainable transportation solutions for corporate and municipal fleet managers on the east coast and nationally. Join us for a day of outstanding content including live demos and opportunities to connect virtually with speakers, sponsors and audience members throughout the day.

Our agenda continues to evolve: visit www.altwheels.org or follow us on social media for updates.

Time: TBD