Electric freight and vehicle adoption has grown over recent years with great success. Many companies have adapted and seen the benefits of the task beyond energy efficiency and lower emissions. For manufacturers and suppliers, this transition will mean reducing significants carbon and other green house gases throughout their supply chain. Thanks to projects aimed to accelerate the adoption of Electric vehicles, funding for these projects have become increasingly available.
The Electrification Coalition (EC) and Securing America’s Future Energy (SAFE) launched an initiative to develop a commercial freight and goods delivery pilot project. It helps companies overcome real-world challenges and effectively deploy medium and heavy-duty electric vehicles. The EC works closely with corporate partners and program stakeholders to identify challenges and barriers to electrification, best practices and policy opportunities that support successful deployment and operation, and opportunities to scale electrification across the freight and goods delivery industry.
ComEd also announced that it had submitted its plan to support the adoption of beneficial electrification (BE) technologies, including customer adoption of electric vehicles (EVs) to the Illinois Commerce Commission (ICC), which regulates the state’s public utilities. ComEd is proposing to commit $100 million annually over the next three years to promote beneficial electrification, with programs designed to reduce upfront costs of EVs and charging equipment; enable broad, equitable deployment of charging infrastructure and other electrification technologies; educate customers, and prioritize investments equitably for communities in need.
In support of state goals, the plan will contribute to long-term air quality improvements by enabling EV adoption to lower carbon and air pollutant emissions. ComEd estimates that vehicle and other incentives and rebates as outlined in the plan would help remove 900,000 metric tons of carbon emissions, the equivalent of the amount of carbon sequestered by approximately 1 million acres of U.S. forests in one year, an area roughly the size of Glacier National Park. What’s more, the plan would avoid an estimated 4,000 metric tons of local pollutants emitted from vehicle tailpipes, providing health and human welfare benefits, especially for disadvantaged communities where vehicle emissions have the most significant health impacts.
Climastry hopes to serve as a connector for manufacturers to take advantage of local and global initiatives and frameworks aimed at deploying sustainable solutions. As electric vehicles see more adoption and success, It will be essential to deploy appropriate projects and tools to engage the countless opportunities.