Financing Tools to Increase Electric Vehicle Access

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Affordability is a key factor in the acceleration of electric vehicle adoption. State and federal incentives have had a major impact by reducing the up-front cost of electric cars, and many affordable lease deals have also helped improve access. However, many would-be electric vehicle buyers still struggle with down payments and may lack access to affordable credit. New pilot projects are beginning to tackle this next barrier to electric vehicle access. For example, in California, the Clean Vehicle Assistance Program provides grants and affordable financing to help low-income individuals purchase a new or used hybrid or electric car. 


At our March event, our guest speakers will discuss current and future EV financing programs and highlight the successes and challenges from EV financing pilots. Our Program Manager, Tegan Molloy will be joined by guest speaker Jhana Valentine, Program Director, Clean Vehicle Assistance Program at Beneficial State Foundation


Tegan Molloy, Program Manager, Forth

Tegan leads and designs pilot programs that advance equitable shared mobility electrification. She has a background in sustainability consulting work in both the private and nonprofit sectors. She holds an MBA in Sustainable Systems from Presidio Graduate School and is passionate about facilitating behavior change.    


Jhana Valentine, Program Director | Clean Vehicle Assistance Program at Beneficial State Foundation

Jhana Valentine is passionate about community-centered solutions that foster social justice, environmental sustainability, and shared prosperity. She began her career helping small businesses become more socially and environmentally focused through the process of becoming a Certified Benefit Corporation (B Corp). Jhana joined Beneficial State Foundation in 2016 and is currently the Program Director of the Clean Vehicle Assistance Program, where she channels her creativity and analytical thinking to lead the team in people-centered service that supports environmental justice for California communities.  


Registration is $15.00 for Forth members and $25 for the general public. Registration includes hors d’oeuvres, and local wine and beer.


About Forth’s Networking Events
Our monthly networking events highlight emerging topics in the electric, shared and smart mobility space. Held in both Seattle and Portland, these events include one to two guest speakers, a hosted happy hour and are attended by representatives of utilities, charging station firms, local government agencies, startups and other NGOs.