State EV policy activity has skyrocketed over the last five years with more than twice as many EV policies enacted in 2020 compared to 2015. The effects of these policies on the EV market range from stimulating adoption, like vehicle rebates, to punitive, like some annual EV registration fees. Passenger EV sales in the United States were down three percent in 2020 compared to 2019, largely as a result of pandemic challenges including reduced new vehicle demand and production challenges. Despite this dip in 2020, the doubling of annual policies related to EVs coincides with a 2.7 times increase in EV sales compared to 2015.
The EV Hub is providing a closer look at how policy influences EV adoption and EV charging deployment in the new State Policy Dashboard. This revamped tool takes all of the best parts of the EV Hub’s public policy dashboards and combines them to provide unique insights. For example, the “Policy Analysis” page allows you to view EV and charging deployment per capita for states that have and have not enacted certain policies to explore how a policy may have affected the market. As seen in Figure 1 below, states that have adopted EV rebates or tax credits tend to have higher per capita EV and EV charging deployment.