The Richmond Electric Vehicle Initiative (REVi) Electric Vehicle Readiness Plan was released in March of 2013 following a period of review by project stakeholders.
A partnership of organizations in the Richmond region established the REVi initiative with the goal of fostering full-scale EV adoption. Richmond is at the forefront of emerging transportation modes and technologies, and is particularly supportive of EVs. This is evident through REVi’s pursuit and award of the US Department of Energy Clean Cities’ Community Readiness and Planning for Plug-in Electric Vehicles and Charging Infrastructure project, which has funded the document. This community readiness and planning project is intended to facilitate the adoption of EVs and associated infrastructure in the Richmond region and to serve as an example for other communities. The resulting work has advanced planning for the Richmond region as an attractive and sustainable market for EVs, established the educational groundwork for EV adoption, and developed a regional strategic plan that identiﬁes and fosters policies to expedite EV infrastructure implementation speciﬁc to the Richmond Region. This plan is a critical milestone in moving the Commonwealth one step closer to a balanced energy portfolio for transportation.
The Virginia Department of Mines, Minerals and Energy was the prime award recipient, with Virginia Clean Cities serving as the award administrator and overall program manager. A nine-member Advisory Board focused on program goals while several working groups and technical advisory groups addressed plan development. The program started with over 50 organizations and increased that number substantially throughout the project. Stakeholder groups participated in forums to help conduct studies and analyses, as well as plan and implement project objectives. Localities represented in REVi include the Town of Ashland, the City of Richmond, and the counties of Charles City, Chesterﬁeld, Goochland, Hanover, Henrico, New Kent and Powhatan, as deﬁned by the Richmond Regional Planning District Commission. Other nearby localities also participated in project efforts.
Adoption of EVs is becoming a reality in the throughout the Commonwealth of Virginia, which is well-positioned geographically and economically to participate in this emerging transportation technology. Embracing EV use in Virginia will assist efforts to reduce emissions, increase energy independence, and create jobs in the Commonwealth. Electricity represents a less expensive, cleaner, and locally generated energy source. Virginia’s economy is already beneﬁting from EV deployment. Local companies make batteries, battery components, motors, charging stations, and wireless charging technology. Companies in Virginia also design, manufacture and deploy electric vehicles, and convert vehicles to plug-in hybrids and battery electric vehicles. Virginia entities are researching vehicle conversions, assessing charging capacity, reviewing ﬁnancial strategies, and considering roles in jump-starting vehicle adoption and infrastructure deployment to further beneﬁt our local economy.
Richmond is at the forefront of emerging transportation modes and technologies, and is particularly supportive of EVs. For example, Ford Motor Company selected Richmond as one of the nineteen US cities to launch its ﬁrst electric car, the Focus Electric; and the area has seen many other EVs come to market since then. Dominion Virginia Power is piloting Time-of-Use rates to encourage off-peak EV charging. To view the full plan, click here.