Written by Dr. Shelley Francis and Johana Vicente, Energy News Network
If you are Black, Latinx, or a member of an Indigenous community, you are far more likely than a white person to know someone firsthand who has died of COVID-19. This mirrors what is happening in cities, suburbs, rural areas and tribal lands across the U.S. — our communities are being ravaged by the virus. As of mid-January, more than 375,000 Americans have died of COVID-19, with people of color between 2.2 to 2.5 times more likely to have died from the virus than whites of the same age. There are a number of longstanding racial inequities rooted in our current economic and social systems that contribute to this disparity . . . Continue reading here.
Dr. Shelley Francis is co-founder of EVHybridNoire, the nation’s largest network of Black people and people of color who are enthusiastic about shifting away from fossil fuels. Francis co-wrote this op-ed with Chispa National Director Johana Vicente.
In Nebraska: The City of Lincoln’s Exemplary Climate Action Leadership
We Are Still In: Current Climate Actions City Of Lincoln, Nebraska Is Taking, by Frank Uhlarik, Sustainability and Compliance Administrator, City of Lincoln, Nebraska. The City of Lincoln acknowledges the threat of Climate Change and the need to develop and implement sound policies and programs intended to mitigate and/or adapt to the effects of Climate Change.
About We Are Still In
We Are Still In is a joint declaration of support for climate action, signed by more than 3,900 CEOs, mayors, governors, tribal leaders, college presidents, faith leaders, health care executives, and others. The organizations they represent comprise the largest and most diverse coalition of actors ever established in pursuit of climate action in the United States.
Additional Recommended Reading: Mayor Releases Draft Climate Action Plan, News Release, City of Lincoln Mayor’s Office
Lincoln’s Leadership on Clean Transportation
- StarTran Receives Grant for Electric Buses, News Release, City of Lincoln Mayor’s Office
- First electric buses arrive in Lincoln, 1011 Now, KOLN/KGIN
- Nebraska’s StarTran drives sustainability forward with 10 electric buses from New Flyer; celebrates arrival of first zero-emission bus to Lincoln, New Flyer News Release
- City of Lincoln gets $2.6M federal grant for electric buses, Associated Press News
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With bans on gas-powered vehicles, here are key steps to increase EV equity, GreenBiz article contributed by Pamela Gordon, Managing Director, PGS Consults, Presidio Graduate School
At Presidio Graduate School, we see affordability of EVs as being both an equity and a diversity factor. Some of our professors reserve an empty seat in their classroom representing those who are not able to join the discussion. Although most new product and service adoptions are at first expensive before becoming more affordable, it’s time to buck the old way of targeting markets that inherently exclude those not usually in the room.
EV CHARGING DESERTS
In Chicago, ‘charging deserts’ part of racial divide on electric vehicles, Energy News Network
Public charging stations are most heavily concentrated in the city’s more affluent neighborhoods, creating a chicken/egg scenario for electric car adoption.
EV MAINTENANCE & REPAIR COSTS
Data is king, and when it comes to information on the frequency of repairs on automobiles, Consumer Reports has more data than anyone. For its latest report, it did a deep dive into the data from its 2019 and 2020 reliability surveys of electric and gasoline powered vehicles. After crunching all the numbers, Consumer Reports says “drivers of electric vehicles are saving an average of 50% on maintenance and repair over the life of a vehicle compared to owners of gas-powered vehicles.”
SOLSMART SOLAR + EV GUIDE
SolSmart Report: Solar & Electric Vehicles, A Guide For Local Governments
This new report outlines key strategies including educating community members on the benefits of PV and EVs, organizing group purchase campaigns to support both technologies, providing financial and non-financial incentives on EV and PV regulation, and adjusting local regulations to reduce costs and ease integration.
EV CHARGING STATIONS WITH BATTERY STORAGE
Energy storage for EV charging can lower demand charges, Guidehouse reports, Utility Dive
EV charging stations with battery storage systems can make EV charging more cost effective by drawing energy from the grid during low-demand periods and releasing power to charge EVs during peak-demand periods, according to a Guidehouse Insights report.
VEHICLE-TO-GRID (V2G) BENEFITS
Public power utilities, others pursue vehicle-to-grid opportunities, American Public Power Association
In 2019, the Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI) released a study finding that utilities and ratepayers can derive substantial value from large-scale deployment of EVs equipped to transmit power to the grid.
FEDERAL LEADERSHIP THAT WILL ALSO BENEFIT OUR COMMUNITIES
Biden administration will replace the entire federal vehicle fleet with EVs, CNET
The current federal vehicle fleet is estimated at
around 645,000 vehicles, and President Biden plans to replace all of them with American-made electric vehicles.
NREL’S FEDERAL FLEET TRAINING VIDEOS
NREL Learning Resources: NREL’s fleet electrification experts develop training content and regional workshops that help fleets evaluate EV potential for sites, campuses, and more.