Portland, ORE. — Yesterday, December 14, Portland’s City Council voted unanimously on a resolution to adopt the City’s 2017 Electric Vehicle Strategy. The Strategy provides a road map for achieving Portland’s climate action goals by reducing carbon emissions from the transportation sector. Increasing electric vehicle awareness, expanding access to vehicle options and chargers, electrifying City fleets, and supporting electric vehicle related innovation are among the key tenants of the Strategy.
“We are committed to making it easier for Portland residents to take transit, walk, or bicycle,” said Portland Mayor Charlie Hales. “But there are times when people need to drive, and we want it to be convenient and affordable to drive electric vehicles. EVs improve air quality, reduce carbon emissions, and get us off of dirty and unsafe fossil fuels.”
The 2017 Electric Vehicle Strategy can be read at: https://www.portlandoregon.gov/bps/article/619275
Advances Portland's Climate Action Plan
The Electric Vehicle Strategy is a part of Portland’s award-winning Climate Action Plan (CAP), that seeks to cut carbon emissions 80 percent by 2050. The CAP prioritizes transportation options that reduce congestion and carbon emissions, like walking, cycling, transit, shared vehicles, and zero emissions vehicles.
Portland’s updated EV Strategy seeks to accelerate the transition to zero emission vehicles over the next four years with nearly 50 actions to be completed or significantly underway in order to achieve that goal. Going forward, the City will continue to work with local utilities and community-based partners and organizations to facilitate collaboration and implementation of the Strategy.
“Portland has long been a leader in promoting sustainable mobility – from light rail and streetcars to bikes and car sharing. Electrifying these modes is the logical next step toward a cleaner, more affordable transportation system. We look forward to continuing to work closely with the City of Portland to make electric mobility options available for everyone in the city,” said Jeff Allen, Executive Director of Drive Oregon.
Ensures a healthy, connected and equitable city
Reducing barriers and improving access to zero emissions vehicles, particularly for many low-income people and communities of color, is a critical step for creating mobility solutions that are equitable. The City’s Electric Vehicle Strategy includes actions to increase access to electric vehicles options and charging infrastructure, such as a forthcoming electric car-sharing pilot project that will target low-income community members. The City will also explore policy options to require new buildings, especially apartments and condominiums, to be built with cost effective charging infrastructure.
“We strongly support the City of Portland’s efforts to electrify our transportation system,” said Charlie Allcock, Director of Business Development at Portland General Electric. “We will work closely together to ensure that all residents can experience the benefits of this cleaner, cheaper fuel. By electrifying our region’s buses, installing more public charging infrastructure, and working closely with community groups and businesses, we can ensure that access to electric transportation is available to our entire community.”
“Pacific Power supports this effort and looks forward to working with the City to help the citizens of Portland have more clean transportation options available to them,” said Cory Scott, Director of Customer Solutions at Pacific Power.
In addition to achieving several goals outlined in the Climate Action Plan, the 2017 Electric Vehicle Strategy also includes actions to research and track new technology to inform investment and policy priorities. As the electric vehicle industry continues to expand, the Strategy will also work toward connecting local electric vehicle businesses and manufacturers with regional and national companies in order to create additional employment opportunities for unemployed and underemployed Portlanders.
Implementation of the 2017 Electric Vehicle Strategy will begin in early 2017.
Portland's first electric vehicle strategy, Electric Vehicles: The Portland Way was developed in 2010 to prepare for the launch of the first widely available electric passenger vehicles. The electric vehicle market landscape has changed significantly over the past six years. The 2017 Electric Vehicle Strategy is an updated version that establishes the City's current electric vehicle-related priorities and identifies the actions the City will take before the end of 2020 to further the electrification of the transportation sector.
For more information, please visit: http://www.portlandoregon.gov/bps/64076