Governor Janet Mills of Maine issued an executive order to speed up the implementation of “clean mobility options” such as improved charging infrastructure and much more electric cars. The executive order explicitly requested the establishment of a “Clean Transportation Roadmap to 2030” to define legislation, projects, and legislative reforms required to achieve Maine’s electric vehicle (EV) as well as emissions reduction targets. Incentive schemes and utility rate plans are two possible methods.
The path map would provide proposals for growing the electric vehicle industry in Maine, improving charging infrastructure, assessing the effect on electric utilities as well as the power grid, and maintaining a fair shift to cleaner transportation. Mills would receive the clean transportation road map by December 30, 2021. The executive order says that “the Maine economy will profit from participating in the development of the future of mobility” and that “emission reductions in the transport industry can be maximized by the use of a systematic and reliable approach to tracking and directing electrification activities and extending electric vehicle charging infrastructure.”
Maine’s lawmakers also set a big target of reducing greenhouse gas pollution from transportation. The transportation industry is responsible for 54 percent of all greenhouse gas pollution in Maine, as per the executive order. The state’s ultimate target is to reduce pollution by 45 percent by 2030, compared to 1990 levels. Maine’s four-year climate change initiative, “Maine Won’t Wait,” predicts that by 2030, the state would require 219,000 light-duty electric vehicles on the road network to achieve its carbon goals. EVs currently account for less than.5% of Maine’s registered vehicles. However, the number of electric vehicles on the road is projected to increase in the coming years as technology advances, costs fall, and customer demand rises. According to the action plan, garbage vans, school buses, and commuter buses are among the heavier equipment that should be electrified.
According to the action plan, passenger cars, as well as light-duty vehicles, account for 59 percent of Maine’s transportation-related pollution, whereas medium- and heavy-duty trucks account for 27 percent. Train, naval, aircraft, and utility machinery vehicle industries account for the remaining 14%. The Maine Climate Council, which is part of the governor’s Office of Policy Innovation and the Future, put together “Maine Won’t Wait.”
“A crucial incentive to fix climate change in Maine is to increase the number of clean vehicles,” stated Hannah Pingree, co-chair of the Maine Climate Council. “The sustainable energy road map will make suggestions to ensure that Maine residents have access to reliable electric vehicle alternatives and charging infrastructure that serves the needs of both rural and urban drivers.”
Work on the road map would be led by the governor’s Office of Policy Innovation and the Future and the governor’s Energy Office, collaborating with the Maine Departments of Transportation and Environmental Protection and Efficiency Maine, an autonomous trust.
This post was originally published on Downey Magazine