Transportation is now the largest source of greenhouse gas emissions in the United States. Electric vehicles (EVs) are critical to reducing emissions, and more EV options are arriving. But are states doing enough to enable residents and business to use electric cars, trucks, and buses?
The State Transportation Electrification Scorecard ranks states’ efforts—identifying those that have taken comprehensive steps to reduce barriers and others that are just starting. Every state can step up to enable equitable, electrified transportation for all. According to the scorecard, first place goes to California, which has prioritized EVs as a way to reduce state GHG emissions. California led in five of the six categories used to rank states in the Scorecard. It is the only state to set deadlines for electrifying transit buses, heavy duty trucks, and commercial vehicles and to adopt statewide building codes for wiring most types of new buildings and houses for EV charging. Rounding out the top 10 are New York, the District of Columbia, Maryland, Massachusetts, Washington, Vermont, Colorado, Oregon, and New Jersey. Outside the top 10, regional standouts are Minnesota in the Midwest, Connecticut
in the Northeast, Virginia in the Southeast, and Nevada in the Southwest.