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Communities Transition to Green Transportation

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Energy/Building Codes

Planning for Electric Vehicles, Municipal Research and Services Center of Washington

Building Code Development for EV Infrastructure
In this October 2020 webinar, state and local experts discussed what is currently required to accommodate EVs and charging infrastructure, and how code development supports these changes.
Presenters: Chuck Murray, Washington Dept. of Commerce; Andrea Pratt, City of Seattle; and Kathleen Petrie, King County and the Regional Code Collaboration
Webinar Materials:

[Webinar Recording] https://energy.wsu.edu/videos/gtp_20201028/

Equity in Transportation Electrification

Equitable transportation electrification ensures that all communities, regardless of race, ethnicity, location, and income level, have increasing opportunities to access and benefit from e-mobility solutions. Advancing Transportation Electrification in Diverse Communities is a public policy toolkit that includes insights and recommendations identified by the EVHybridNoire team through extensive research in Black, LatinX, underserved and other diverse communities across the country.

Workforce Development

Research Review for Workforce Development

WSU Energy Program staff performed a two-part research review to provide a foundation for future workforce development policies and actions. The goals of this effort are to address current issues and support Washington’s green transportation goals, including jobs in manufacturing, installing and maintaining charging stations, and manufacturing components for the EV supply chain. Outcomes are available below.

Phase 1: Initial Research Review for Workforce Development
In this report, the authors scanned existing research and information relevant to meeting workforce needs spurred by Washington’s green transportation goals. They provide an overview of transportation electrification technologies, policy goals and industry targets that are most likely to have an impact on employment, with a focus on employment impacts on public fleets in state, county and municipal governments; ports; and school districts. They also evaluated how existing jobs are likely to change; what new skills, training or certifications are likely to be needed; and what post-secondary education changes may be needed.

Phase 2: Workforce Challenges of Public Fleet Employers Scaling Up Transportation Electrification
The work completed in Phase 1 revealed a lack of timely information adequate for projecting changes in skills, occupations and labor demands. Given the rapidly changing transportation electrification (TE) sector, and the evolving knowledge and skills needed to do this work, the author reached out to employers and managers of public fleets and staff at electric utilities working on TE implementation with their customers to gather information that can inform workforce development efforts.

Environmental Impacts

EV Batteries factsheet

EV Batteries factsheet: Modern EVs came on the market in the U.S. in 2010. Since then, EV batteries have vastly improved and lithium-ion battery technology is now standard. Concerns about battery cost, safety, range, longevity and environmental impacts have largely been resolved; we address lingering concerns in this factsheet.

Used Nissan EV batteries find new purpose in east Japan train crossings
Nissan Motor Corporation
East Japan Railway Company, one of Japan's leading rail providers, is trialing repurposed Nissan LEAF EV batteries in railroad crossing devices, an entirely new way to combine the technologies used in both rail travel and EVs.