News - Transportation Electrification

As the electric vehicle (EV) market expands in the United States, the public and private sectors are rapidly investing in charging infrastructure to keep those vehicles on the road. One model identifies the need for 26 million to 35 million publicly accessible charging ports by 2030.

China currently dominates global supply chains for metals and minerals needed for electric vehicle batteries, solar panels, and more clean energy technology. By pursuing next-generation technologies, the United States could "alter what materials are the most important" for the clean energy transition, helping to narrow the gap with China, Jackson Ewing, director of energy and climate policy at the Nicholas Institute, told Newsweek.

A new online portal hosted by the Southeast Electric Transportation Regional Initiative highlights active funding sources, comment solicitations, research opportunities, events and other timely information related to transportation electrification in the Southeast. 

A feature article in the March/April issue of SCBIZ Magazine explores the role of the South Carolina Electric Vehicle Stakeholder Initiative in streamlining the state's conversion to electric vehicle technology. The initiative was a partnership of the SC Energy Office and Duke's Nicholas Institute for Energy, Environment & Sustainability.

In the Southeast, states are sending mixed messages on electric vehicles, trying to lure EV manufacturing for economic development while levying extra registration fees on EV owners. Trey Gowdy spoke to The Bond Buyer about the dichotomy and discussed some of the Nicholas Institute's initiatives to support transportation electrification in the region.

The SC Electric Vehicle Stakeholder Initiative is a partnership between the South Carolina Energy Office and the Nicholas Institute. It represents one of many efforts by the institute to accelerate transportation electrification in the Southeast.

An executive order issued by North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper aims to grow the state’s clean energy economy by accelerating the transition to zero-emission vans, trucks, and buses. Trey Gowdy told The Daily Tar Heel that these medium- and heavy-duty vehicles will be a key part of successfully reducing greenhouse gas emissions from transportation.

The Inflation Reduction Act, signed Aug. 16 by President Joe Biden, offers “a significant bump” in the United States' projected ability to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, Brian Murray told PBS NewsHour.

A broad coalition of organizations from the business, education, government, and non-profit sectors has launched the Southeast Electric Transportation Regional Initiative (SETRI) to help realize the benefits of electric transportation in the region.