Virginia Clean Cities and the Virginia Department of Mines, Minerals and Energy were awarded a major planning grant for electric vehicles through the Clean Cities Community Readiness and Planning for Plug-In Electric Vehicles and Charging Infrastructure grant.
The $430,000 Richmond Electric Vehicle Initiative (REVi) effort will advance the Richmond region as an attractive and sustainable market for electric vehicle technology. The project will lay the educational and policy groundwork for infrastructure installation and electric vehicle adoption in the Richmond region and the Commonwealth at large. A regional electric vehicle strategic plan will be developed and will identify and foster policies to expedite EV infrastructure specific to the Richmond region and prepare the Commonwealth for successful deployment of plug-in electric drive vehicles. Richmond Mayor Dwight Jones said of the initiative, “These planning efforts fit into Richmond’s triple bottom line goals of sustainability and will help lower greenhouse gas emissions in the city.”
REVi has assembled significant partnership with over 50 engaged organizations and synergistic opportunities. Localities engaged in the proposed program include the town of Ashland, the City of Richmond, and the counties of Charles City, Chesterfield, Goochland, Hanover, Henrico, New Kent, and Powhatan as well as municipalities within the Crater Planning District.