NASEO Releases PEV Policy Evaluation Rubric

NASEO’s PEV Policy Evaluation Rubric: A Methodology for Evaluating the Impact of State and Local Policies on Plug-In Electric Vehicle Adoption provides a unique, evidence-based method to help decision-makers identify and prioritize plug-in electric vehicle (PEV) programs and policies, and allows the user to evaluate the strengthens and weakness of all PEV-related policies in a given metro area on a scale of 1-100.

The Rubric, developed in partnership with Cadmus, a NASEO Affiliate Member, categorizes all PEV policies into 6 policy categories and 14 policy subcategories, and each policy subcate¬gory is assigned a weight, based on its relative strength, to spur PEV adoption relative to other policies. The NASEO-Cadmus team assigned the highest weight to vehicle purchase, followed by PEV deployment targets and policies that incentivize electric vehicle supply equipment (EVSE) installation and reduce EVSE operational costs. The policy categories and associated weights were decided upon after an exhaustive literature review, as well as significant input from a Technical Advisory Committee, composed of State Energy Officials, as well as representatives from other state, city, and federal agencies, and experts from academia and the non-profit sector. While there is some debate in the literature around the relative effectiveness of these policies, it is the project team’s conclusion that the four types of policies listed above represent the most effective policies at advancing PEV adoption.

The Rubric and an associated Policy Tool were originally designed for Electrify America to use when considering potential metro areas for Cycle 2 investment under the Zero Emission Vehicle National Investment Plan, and may also be used by policymakers at the state and local level to evaluate their jurisdiction’s current PEV policy environment.