Workshops on Electric Vehicle Infrastructure and Vehicle Emission Standards Set November 14-17 | State
Delawares can learn more about two key strategies — electric vehicle infrastructure and clean car regulations — the state is pursuing to reduce transportation-related emissions during virtual town hall meetings between November 14 and 17, which will be held jointly by DNREC and the Delaware Department of Transportation (deldot).
Transportation is one of the main causes of smog forming air pollutants in Delaware, including nitrogen oxides. It’s also the biggest contributor to emissions of carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases, which cause climate change, officials said. Delaware’s Climate Action Plan outlines several strategies the state can use to reduce these emissions, including adopting Advanced Clean Cars vehicle requirements, transitioning to zero-emission vehicles, and ensuring that the he state has the infrastructure in place to handle the growth in the number of electric vehicles on the road.
“Delaware is preparing for a transition to a clean transportation future,” said DNREC Secretary Shawn M. Garvin. “More choice from manufacturers, longer range and affordability make it easier for consumers to switch to cleaner vehicles, including electric vehicles. DelDOT and DNREC are moving forward with parallel efforts to ensure a smooth transition.
These parallel efforts include the development of an electric vehicle infrastructure plan for the state and the adoption of California’s Advanced Clean Cars II program.
The Delaware Electric Vehicle
Information about the state’s electric vehicle infrastructure plan will be presented in two one-hour sessions on Nov. 14 at 5 p.m. and again at 6 p.m. The sessions are the same as those hosted by the two state agencies on October 24. repeated this month as an opportunity for anyone who missed previous sessions.
Topics to be covered are the purpose of the plan, current electric vehicle infrastructure, and how future locations of electric vehicle infrastructure might be prioritized. Attendees can also ask state experts to answer their questions about electric vehicle infrastructure and provide feedback for the next phase of the planning process.
Visit the DelDOT website at https://deldot.gov/Programs/NEVI/index.shtml to learn more about the Electric Vehicle Infrastructure Plan, explore information in the virtual meeting room, or get meeting login information.
Advanced Clean Cars II Program
The Air Quality Division of DNREC will also organize a virtual workshop on the modification of 7 DE Admin. Code 1140 to update adoption of California’s Advanced Clean Car II low-emission vehicle and greenhouse gas standards and add requirements for zero-emission vehicles (ZEVs) for model year 2027 and onwards -of the. In March, Governor John Carney asked DNREC to begin the process of adopting the Advanced Clean Car II modifications, which include ZEV standards. The workshop will take place on:
• Tuesday, Nov. 15 at 10 a.m. (Register at https://dnrec.alpha.delaware.gov/events/public-workshop-draft-amendments-to-the-low-emission-vehicle-program/.)
• Wednesday, Nov. 16 at 1 p.m. (Register at https://dnrec.alpha.delaware.gov/events/public-workshop-draft-amendments-to-the-low-emission-vehicle-program-2/.)
• Thursday, Nov. 17 at 6 p.m. (Register at https://dnrec.alpha.delaware.gov/events/public-workshop-draft-amendments-to-the-low-emission-vehicle-program-3/.)
For more information on the adoption of the California Advanced Clean Car II regulations, visit the DNREC Air Quality Division webpage at https://dnrec.alpha.delaware.gov/air/permitting/under-development/.