What’s happening? Luxury ride-hailing firm Blacklane is introducing an on-demand chauffeur service in 20 cities worldwide.
Why is this important? It’s old school meets new school. Blacklane customers want the amenities and service of a chauffeured car along with the practicality of a ride-hailing app.
How will this be important? Competition to Uber Black & Lyft Lux.
What’s happening? Montgomery County, Md., Public Schools Board of Education has ordered 326 new EV buses. The largest single order.
Why is this important? Funding was a package deal with the Maryland Energy Administration awarding an $817,000 grant to help offset the costs of electrification.
How will this be important?The school is looking to offset the costs, as the buses will be used as vehicle-to-grid energy storage when not ferrying children around.
What’s happening? Virginia passed California’s emissions standards, creating more aggressive fuel-efficiency targets for vehicles sold in the state.
Why is this important? Virginia Auto Dealers Association supports this legislation that did not include California’s zero-emission vehicle (ZEV) mandate.
How will this be important? New York, Massachusetts, Vermont, Maine, Pennsylvania, Connecticut, Rhode Island, Washington, Oregon, New Jersey, Maryland, Delaware, and Colorado have adopted California’s standards. Nevada is considering it.
What’s happening? Congress is considering Sami’s Law HR 1082 (117th Congress) that would require a digital access system to allow passengers to verify the ride-sharing car in advance.
Why is this important? Several states have passed safety bills after a series of assaults and homicides.
How will this be important? Safety is and always will be a legislative and regulatory opening.
What’s happening? New Jersey is spending $100 Million to electrify garbage trucks, school buses and passenger buses. Funding sources include proceeds the state realized from a greenhouse gas initiative and the Volkswagen settlement.
Why is this important? Funding for electrification goes beyond public transit and includes $36 million for the state’s industrial areas and ports to begin using electric equipment.
How will this be important? An electrification transit bill is an avenue for industrial electrification too.
What’s happening? San Fernando, CA is installing Tesla superchargers in city parking lots to encourage visitors.
Why is this important? The private-public partnership to bring charging to San Fernando has brought lawsuits from Environmental Justice Groups and a real estate developer calling the chargers potentially disruptive.
How will this be important? Revitalization packages include an EV charger angle.
What’s happening? Washington State is trying to figure out how to fund its transportation system by raising the gas tax 3 cents a gallon; imposing a 2 cent sales taxes on bicycles and bike parts; 20-cents-per-trip surcharge and ferry passengers would pay an extra 25 cents per crossing for transit riders; & Uber and Lyft would pay an additional 50 cents per ride
Why is this important? Supporters also want to levy a carbon fee as well as a tax on luxury aircraft and yachts; $15 per ton fee on carbon emissions
How will this be important? The tax discussion shows issues like climate change and the sharing economy factor into transportation taxes in the new economy.
What’s the deal? First, North Carolina had the first pilotless flying taxi and now United is going to buy up to 200 flying taxis from an electric aircraft startup.
Why is this important? The purchase is to lift United’s clean air footprint.
How will this be important? Regulatory approval and any local and state approvals are still forthcoming.
What’s the deal? The Texas Attorney general is answering the burning question, the potential punishment for a violation of the maximum vehicle weight limit established by the executive director of the Texas Department of Transportation under Transportation Code section 621.102.
Why should I care? The Opinions quotes precedent that says if the Legislature was silent, we have to assume that silence was intentional. But, the statute has a catch all section for punishments, and that applies here. Because no statute specifies the penalty for violating section 621.102, operating a vehicle in excess of the maximum weight set by the executive director under that section is subject to the catch-all penalties in section 621.507.
How can this impact me? If the Legislature made an oops daisy, then they’ll amend Section 621.102 with specific penalty provisions.
Where we were in Ausgust 2020:
Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton will be answering whether overweight vehicle fines apply to vehicles that would have been in compliance except for the fact that the roadway on which they are traveling have been re-designated for a lower weight capacity?
Why should we care about this? Because it will impact the amount of fines that can be collected by local governments during a time when transportation related fine and tax revenue are low.
What’s the deal? American Council for an Energy Efficient Economy is ranking state policies that promote electric transportation. They created 6 categories. Like Defcon, Defcon 1 is the highest exalted level, and 6 is oh, yeah, those guys, pay no mind, it’s no biggie.
Why should we care? California and New York lead Tier 1. Texas, Georgia andMichigan roundup Tier 6.
How can this impact me? The categories that ACEEE looks at cover a lot of ground that impacts us all. They considered planning & goal setting, incentives, transportation system efficiency, electric grid optimization, equity & outcomes.
Why should we care? The State Attorney General Office noted that legislation would bring legal action challenging the state’s authority to prohibit the sale of gas cars under the Clean Air Act.
How can this impact me? The roadmap to EV vehicles is being written in building codes that require charger infrastructure or plans for infrastructure, regulatory decisions on ownership, pricing, and installation of chargers, and the plethora of partnerships that are emerging. partnerships include tech companies that deploy the software, developers who are building with chargers in mind, EV manufacturers, utilities, and more.
What’s the deal? Uber bought Drizly, the alcohol delivery service, for $1.1. Billion. Some say it is ” a gamechanger that could “turbocharge” the growth of online-enabled alcohol delivery. ” Alcohol delivery grew by 80% in 2020.
Why should we care? There’s a host of issues involved here. (1) the roll back of regulations on businesses that were deemed burdensome (2) will pandemic regulatory roll backs stick? (3) Can third parties deliver alcohol? (4) If 3rd parties can deliver alcohol can they deliver sealed bottles? does it include cocktails from bars and restaurants?
How can this impact me? We’ve all opened up to delivery more. It’s like the 1930s delivery of eggs or milk or ice, without as much of the racism and sexism. Delivery of goods and services is here to stay and our prohibition era rules don’t match current economic forces.
What’s the deal? UTSA received a grant from TxDOT to promote modes of non-motorized transportation that reduce the use of single-occupant vehicles through increased use of buses, walking, biking, scooters, skateboards, and electric vehicles.
Why should we care? UTSA says the time is right to improve sustainability since COVID has people avoiding transit. UTSA will expand its Tito Bradshaw Bike Repair Shop ,with a mobile bike repair shop.
How can this impact me? Partnerships, study them, learn from them. Emulate the successful partnerships. Especially look to how EV fits in the UTSA plan.
What’s the deal? CT is considering Assembly Bill 6080 that would bring back the mileage tax. The CT legislature voted it down in 2017, and public opinion in 2015 wasn’t favorable.
Why should we care? States have low revenue because of COVID, the gas tax has been under performing. Solutions are needed. States from WA to MO are pilot testing mileage tax.
How can this impact me? If you drive, ride in a car, have clients who drive or ride in cars, or are driven, we should all pay attention. Plus,t here is the data security element on whether the sensors track your movements.
What’s the deal? in Washington State’s HB 1075 (2021 | WA), a provision requires the state Department of Ecology to set mandatory emission reduction targets for ride-hailing services. It’s the California system from 2018.
Why should we care? Studies have shown that ride share increases emissions. The bill will require companies to report annually on emissions reductions.
How can this impact me? Requiring private companies to report on compliance is popular in the state quest for information and the cleansing power of sunlight.
What’s the deal? This week Houston’s mayor announced the partnership to forward the deployment of BP’s rapid electric vehicle (EV) charging hubs & help the city’s Uber drivers make the transition to EVs.
Why should we care? EV is a replete with partnerships and opportunities. So many moving parts, the infrastructure, the electric distribution, the vehicles, the drivers, the transportation stakeholders, the environmental aspect. Let’s not forget the Texas Medical Center and the healthcare stakeholders who say that if Houston were to electrify its transportation system by 2050, it would save 148 lives; prevent 3,333 asthma attacks; and spare $1.7 billion annually.
How can this impact me? There’s no going backwards as more companies announce moves to EV only and announce their own carbon neutral policies and goals.
What’s the deal? GM announced that it will move to all EV vehicles by 2035. BY 2040 GM looks to have all global products and plants to be carbon neutral.
There’s a snazzy Super Bowl ad with Will Farrell. He wants to take his American indignation to Norway who is has gone all EV. In the commercial Will Farrell ends up in Sweden and not Norway. Geographically closer than the usual Sweden – Switzerland mixup. GM signed the UN’s signed the Business Ambition Pledge for 1.5-degree Celsius.
Why should we care? BP has announced its move from fossil fuels. GM is leaving gas cars in the dust. Times are changing. We either stay still and let it pass us by or we move forward.
How does this impact me? Unless you can fly, which would be super cool, then you’re going to need access to a car.
What’s the deal? Amazon is investing big in a startup, Infinium, that is all about net zero carbon fuels for transportation for long hauls of big trucks or air travel. Its part of Amazon’s $2 Billion Climate Pledge Fund
Why should we care? Amazon created the $2 Billion Climate Pledge Fund in June. It’s moving fast to each the goal of net-zero by 2040.
Why does this matter to me? Every major company is either writing a sustainability report annually, being asked to talk about, or their investors are asking them to act.
What’s the deal? Harvard Business Review is deep diving into the 2 methods of EV manufacturers. There’s the Tesla style, slow rollout of models that simultaneously built a network of charging stations. The other style is every other manufacturer that is solely focused on building a better EV.
Why should we care? Two parts of an industry are playing 2 different games. And to paraphrase Picasso, you’ve got to know the rules of the game to play it well.
Why does this matter to me? Whether EVs are about platform of charging stations or building the best EV, the stakeholder pool is deep and wide: utilities, local governments, generators, manufacturers, batter makers, charging station platforms, construction…
What’s the deal? Google announced the use of Artificial Intelligence to give EVs the best routes to limit charging needs.
Why should we care? Streamlining EV use means less charging. Utilities, charging station owners, charging station manufacturers and more benefit from EV charging.
Why does this matter to me? EV use is growing. EV innovation is growing. EV regulations and legislation are at their nascent. Opportunity abounds.
What’s the deal? As the number of electric vehicles grows, so does the need to recycle electric vehicle batteries.
Why should we care? There could be an incentive program attached to recycling EV batteries. Environmental concerns of contaminating water and soil, if EV batteries are not recycled. Less than 5% are currently recycled.
Why does this matter to me? Opportunities. Innovation. New Rules. New Incentive Programs. 3 states have extended producer responsibility laws mandating that manufacturers take back lithium-ion batteries.
What’s the deal? NYC Port Authority is welcoming electric buses. Electric buses means stations need room for charging stations.
Why should we care? Electric fleets are expanding. Cost effective rationale is that electric vehicles have a lower cost to maintain.
Why does this matter to me? Maybe you represent a company the offers electric fleets, construction, utilities or charging stations. Lots of stakeholders in the land of electric buses.
Highest number of public EV chargers per capita : Vermont
Lowest number of public EV chargers per capita : Alaska
The big states:
The proposal: Warehouse Actions and Investments to Reduce Emissions hold warehouses accountable for the use of zero- or net-zero-emissions trucks at their facilities
Who would it apply to?
Examples of how warehouses would earn points?
A brief history:
Texas HB 1105 (2021 | TX) is expanding digital license plates beyond fleets & government cars to include passenger cars.
Where are digital license plates being tested? Sacramento city cars are pilot testing digital license plates.
Are other locations on the horizon? Yes, Texas & Florida
The company pushing digital license plates: The
What else can digital license plates do?
Cost of a digital license plate: $699 for individual consumers, plus installation, as well as a monthly fee of about $7.
The 2013 California legislation: A DMV bill calling for a study of “alternatives to stickers, tabs, license plates, and registration cards.” SB 806 (2013 | CA)
Who is the new EV delivery van manufacturer? BrightDrop
Is BrightDrop brought to us by a parent manufacturer? Yes, GM
Anything we should think about when we think about GM? Yes, GM has a woman CEO, Mary Barra
How EV will these delivery vans be?
BrightDrop is headed to FedEx like Rivian’s EV delivery vehicle is headed to Amazon.
Welcome to the 1st in the world, self driving water taxi
Who is home to this gem? Knoxville, TN
The company behind self driving water taxis? Buffalo Automation
How does it work? By an app, Mayday, which functions like ride share apps.
What’s the power source for this water taxi? Solar
Transportation Network Companies like Uber, Lyft etc. are finding their way into vaccine access in these ways:
What would be penalized? Empty ride share vehicles “trolling” for riders during rush hour
What is the estimated revenue? $80M per year
Any other touted benefits of trolling penalties?Reduce congestion
What did the one of California’s built train contractors tell California high-speed rail officials was slowing down the project?
What does the high speed rail authority say? Disagrees.
Who: Helping Hands Community
What does Helping Hands Community offer? streamlines how food banks and social service organizations deliver food, medicine and other necessities to senior citizens and those who are immunocompromised
Who is delivering to those in need?
How is the app structured? It is a nonprofit platform is completely volunteer-run with about 150 people from companies such as Google, Apple and Amazon
San Antonio, TX is home to the largest U.S. wildlife overpass. Studies say wildlife bridges can reduce animal- car accidents by 80%.
The overpass connects 2 sections of the Phil Hardberger Park.
Funding sources for the wildlife bridge:
Wildlife bridges originated in France in the 1950s .
The city: Spokane, WA
Initial Step: Pilot EV Program for 4 patrol cars plus EV replacements for 2 K-9 units and 2 tahoes
The EV benefits: lower maintenance costs and longer life spans for EVs
Where: San Francisco
How will San Francisco Transit Authority transportation plan combat racism?
90 action steps to root out racism in seven areas — hiring, promotion, discipline, leadership, professional development, organizational culture and boards
Why is the transit agency working to combat racism? A review of agency employee sanctions, it was discovered that harsher sanctions were imposted against black employees for committing the same acts as white employees.
If there was a transportation program in 2020, it was a smart something. Smart cities. Smart lamp posts. Smart traffic lights. Bikes that power street lights. Electric Vehicles that could power buildings. Smart roads that generate solar energy.
Smart cars. Smart Concrete that can power EVs or store solar energy. Smart funding choices showed that cities save money by switching to EV fleets, especially their police cars. Fewer repairs. Lower fuel costs. To make incentives for EVs smarter, the UK came up with a green license plate. A very smart and savvy partnership in Asia between ride share and telecoms.
The amount of new technology is transportation is mind boggling. This year we talked about flying pod cars, driverless trucks, hyperloops, electric dirt bikes, solar truck beds, and a University Consortium for Applied Hypersonics at Texas A&M.
Where: Washington, Oregon & British Columbia
Step 1: Creating a coordinating entity between the 3 governments
Step 2: Choose the high speed option: high speed rail, magnetic levitation trains or a hyperloop
Step 3: Funding with a mix of state, federal, & private contributions from train operators or beneficiaries
Step 4: broader coalition of support and “ensure deep and equitable local engagement across the corridor.”
The Pros of streets that local governments have closed to through traffic because of COVID:
The Cons of streets that local governments have closed to through traffic because of COVID:
Green License Plates are new vehicle registration plates launched in the UK for Electric Vehicles (EVs).
A survey from Nissan says 28% of customers are more likely to buy an EV because of green license plates.
What benefits are there for green license plates? Easier to apply incentives or benefits like discounted parking for charging EVs.
Where: Portland, Oregon
What’s a cargo electric bike?
How is the fleet being used in Oregon?
Where: Peachtree Corners, GA
What: utilizing French-engineered road surface solar panels the city may charge:
What other unique achievements will this solar energy generating road bring?
In November 2020 Germany extended its Electric Vehicle (EV) incentives through 2025.
Which cars might get pushed out of incentives? By 2022, incentives my evaporate for hybrids
Fremont, California began swapping out traditional police cars with Teslas. Here are the cost savings the city points to:
The city plants to swap out parks and services cars for EVs too and estimates a total savings of $3 million over the next two decades with about $2.5 million directly attributed to police vehicle replacement.
Some local governments in response to reopening businesses during the pandemic have closed roads to open the roads to walking, biking, and outdoor restaurants and retail.
Turns out some ares aren’t interested in the option. They say:
Tell me about TuSimple:
What do TuSimple self driving trucks offer?
Where: San Agelo, Texas, the South Plains Lamesa Railroad will create a multi-commodity railroad transloading facility between central Texas and Mexico
The name for the new rail port: San Angelo Rail Port
How will the route run? South Plains Lamesa Railroad will connect to branch of the South Orient Rail Line Texas Pacifico Transportation to cross the border at Presidio.
Meet Turo Seed Initiative.
Turo is a car-sharing marketplace.
Who is Turo partnering with for the Seed Initiative? Kiva to offer interest-free loans to Black people and folks from traditionally underserved communities to buy cars and then share them on Turo.
Why is Turo employing this financing model? To address systemic racism in lending and wealth inequality in the United States
The legislation: HB 427 (2021 | TX)
What new fees are included in the proposal?
How do Texas gas taxes compare to other states?
Does this new EV lobby coalition have a name? Yes, Zero Emission Transportation Association
Who is in Zero Emission Transportation Association ?
What are its policy goals?
Adieu to the days of Concrete Blonde. It’s 2020 and concrete is intelligent.
Who is developing intelligent concrete? Lyles School of Civil Engineering at Perdue University’s Sustainable Materials and Renewable Technology (SMART) Lab.
What’s the goal of smart concrete?
What: Tavistock Development Corp. is developing a aviation facility for industry’s only five-passenger “electric vertical takeoff and landing” aircraft
What is the travel time in these flying cars? Orlando to Tampa in 30 minutes
How does Mobile22 work? It is a ride hailing platform that is licensed to taxis
Why did the start up enter this industry segment? Sustainability and seeing an opportunity for connection between taxis operating more like ride shares and zero-emission vehicles, and how combining the two might generate more positive impact.
How are the taxi cabs working toward zero emissions? The fleet of Green Cabs are zero emission vehicles
What: City Council is considering local self driving car ordinances to require local special licenses before companies like Uber & Lyft can act on long-anticipated efforts to replace drivers with autonomous vehicles
Which local entity would control licenses? Taxi & Limousine Commission
Where: Park City, Utah
What: An aerial transit project to move persons through the city and to mountain recreational spaces
How would it impact private property? There are 338 private properties within a 100-foot distance of the conceptual alignments
Cost estimates: $60 million to build + more than $3 million to operate and maintain annually
Stockholm recently introduced an X cross walk to improve cross walk safety.
What makes Texas the best state for leading global EV adoption over California?
How could local governments charge for curb space use?
Who is VOLCON? An electric dirt bike manufacturer
Where is Volcon located? Austin TX
What’s Volcon claim to fame? ” first all-electric, off-road powersports company,”
What’s the impact to Austin, TX? People say things like Austin “is becoming the electric vehicle capital of the world.”
New York passed a law prohibiting non EVs from parking at charging spots. The law also prohibits EVs from parking at charging stations but not charging.
There’s a ballot proposition in California that would change current state law treatment of gig workers as employees.
Who supports the proposition: Tech companies
Who opposes the proposition: Labor and now Environmentalists
Why are environmentalists in on this? The environmentalists say that the proposition would be bad for the environment because only if gig workers are treated as employees will companies pay more attention to the carbon emissions of vehicles in their business models.
Have scientists said anything about carbon emissions and ride share? Yes, it is estimated ride share increases the carbon emissions that it is replacing
The consortium: Department of Defense’s national consortium for modernizing hypersonic flight capabilities
The official name: The University Consortium for Applied Hypersonics
The Texans: Texas A&M Engineering Experiment Station
Why should we pay attention? First-of-its kind Consortium will be critical to advancing hypersonics research and innovation
To be fair, the gas tax wasn’t performing to meet infrastructure needs before COVID either.
What is the American Association of State and Highway Transportation Officials advising?
How is COVID impacting transportation revenues?
What: A $21.7 Million grant for Volvo to to deploy 70 Class 8 VNR Electric trucksin Southern California for regional freight distribution and drayage
What VOLVO says: Public- Private Partnerships are crucial to new technologies
Who: Uber & SK Telecom ( A South Korean Telecom)
What is the partnership all about? “”all-in-one” service system, which provides vehicle-hailing, chauffeur and parking services with a single app”
What future project is this partnership eyeing? Uber’s call to provide flying car service by 2029
Who is getting into the business of converting old Freightliners into EV trucks? ETruck Transportation
Where: The family company is in Omaha NE
Initial order: 200 trucks from an undisclosed Chicago company
Who provides the charging infrastructure? the customers
The implications: Need an 8-10 hour range, how is the charging infrastructure built
The State: Florida
What is an electronic driver’s license? A driver’s licensed that is accessed through an app
Last week, Virgin announced West Virginia would be the new testing grounds for a hyperloop track.
So, what factors worked in West Virginia’s favor over 16 other locations?
California’s Prop 22, supported by gig companies as it allows gig workers to be independent contractors and not employees, has opposition in Black and Latino communities.
Why do Black and Latino community leaders oppose Prop 22?
The 4 other states Virgin is evening for hyperloop projects: Missouri, Texas, Ohio, North Carolina
Missouri has taken legislative action prohibiting the use of eminent domain for the project.
What: Aquiline Drones
Why is this important: 1st in the nation drone sharing app + drone laws are in their infancy
What new issues are created: Who owns or has access to the data that drone collects when it is in use?
What’s happening? A Truck was listed on a car sharing app. While in use on the app the truck was involved in an accident that involved illegal items causing the truck to be seized.
The truck was sold at auction without notification to the owner.
The app compensated the owner.
Does your company have a policy if the gig property is used in a crime? Do the laws or ordinances in your location address the situation?
What question will the Texas Attorney General Office be answering? Whether a driver’s license is required to operate a golf cart on a public street in a master plan community or municipality when the use of golf carts is permitted in those areas by the Transportation Code.
Why does this matter? Can your kids take the golf cart to head over to friends house or get to school? Can an 95 year old woman who gave up her car years ago use a golf cart to go visit her paramour a couple blocks over?
Kids and the elderly…that’s why this matters.
The Hyperloop Company: Virgin
The new HyperLoop location: West Virginia
Who should have their eyes and ears open on this veto? Everyone involved in building roads, financing roads, supporting bond policies… you’re all impacted with this, drivers- you too. Manufacturers moving good around- you too…. so let’s get some takeaways to improve our arguments and get infrastructure built with fewer road bumps…and fewer puns…
What did Governor Newsom in California veto? SB 1351 (2020 | CA) which was $5 billion for bond financing for roads and transportation infrastructure
Why did he veto bond financing for roads?
What obstacles are cities trying to overcome in EV awareness:
How are cities combating this in the new economy?
The companies working on solar panels in and on truck beds? Worksport, a Toronto-based manufacturer of pickup-truck accessories
How could it work?
Will the solar panels only work in EV trucks? No, traditional fuel and hybrid trucks could also have solar power truck beds
Are there power generation estimates? On the Cybertruck, Elon Musk estimates 15 miles of range per day.
If you’re an autonomous vehicle manufacturer, how do you monitor drivers? Well, you could put a camera in the rear view camera
What would this camera monitor? Driver’s eyes. Eyes open? Eyes closed? Looking down? Sunglasses? Did the driver’s head turn to look somewhere?
How was this camera made public? A hacker discovered it
The data privacy questions for business, insurance, privacy advocates, legislative work, regulatory work:
The City: Seattle, WA
The sales tax: 0.1% to 0.15%
The estimated revenue from the sales tax? $42 million a year
Voter approval required? Yes
Which tax sources were rejected?
Utah is considering road-use charge to supplement the state gas tax.
Has Utah dabbled in road use tax? Yes, Utah collects a road use tax from some alternative-fuel vehicle owners
How is Utah’s road use tax structured? 2,000 enrolled vehicle owners the option to pay a $120 flat fee or a 1.5-cent-per-mile fee.
Which state is considering regulation of road trains? North Dakota
What is a road train? road trains span to 200-feet long and weigh close to half a million pounds and travel on ordinary roadways
Where are road trains in use? The Australian Outback
What type of roads are perfect for road trains? Long, straight stretches of lightly traveled roads
What types of limitations is North Dakota considering in their pilot?
Uber’s delivery service adjusted net revenue exceeds that of its ride share service.
Does that mean the ride share program disappears? No, the two exist to support each division such as in times like a global pandemic.
UPDATE: COVID + Ride Share. Moving Forward
How can Ride Share Move Forward with COVID?
The City: Seattle
The minimum wage proposal is part of Seattle Mayor Jenny Durkan’s “Fare Share” program with has also imposed ride share fees.
The policy questions on how to distribute a minimum wage to gig drivers:
What do the City’s economists from New School & University of California Berkeley say? Current average driver take-home pay is about $9.73 per hour
What does the industry economist from Cornell say? Drivers earn about $23.25 per hour, above Seattle’s minimum wage.
The City: Seattle
The Hazard pay for delivery drivers in the time of COVID was funded by CARES Act proceeds and contained in SEATTLE COUNCIL CB 119799 (2020)
The amount of the hazard pay: extra $2.50 per order in addition to their usual pay
Potential penalties: penalties for noncompliance can range up to $546.07 per “aggrieved party” for a first offense
Meet Ultimate Outdoor Entertainment® in Austin TX
What does Ultimate Outdoor Entertainment offer?
What does Rivian build? EV Trucks
Where is Rivian facing a regulatory and legislative battle? Michigan
What does the Michigan bill prevent? Direct sales for EV manufacturers that are NOT Tesla.
There is a Tesla carve out? yes HB 6233 (2020 | MI)
Who is working on electric shuttles? Glydways
What’s the end goal with the electric shuttles?
To build an autonomous system of small electric cars that can be hailed on-demand like an Uber or Lyft
What transportation problems do they hope to solve for cities?
A new survey by PlugShare Research reveals these EV charging changes because of COVID:
How far along is this high speed rail project?
What are opponents saying?
How does COVID factor in?
Who: Incora, an aviation/aerospace supply chain company
Where did it relocate to/from? From southern California to Fort Worth
Who is saying that it takes 6 years for an EV incentive to have an impact? A survey by Savanta ComRes of UK motorists
What did the survey say?
Whats holding back potential EV buyers?
The proposed solutions to increase EV purchasing:
The Texas Attorney General tells us in opinion, KP- 0331, that three-wheeled, electric, low-speed vehicles is not a question to be resolved in an opinion.
What?! Digging in we see that the Attorney General opinion says maybe these vehicles already fit the definition of motorcycle, maybe not, it depends.
The solutions: legislation to add these vehicles to registration and title statutes.
How will the $39.1 million be spent for hydrogen cell stations?
Who is operating hydrogen cell stations? True Zero & Shell
How do Hydrogen Cell Stations work?
Who studied an all electric public transportation system in Houston, TX? American Lung Association
What did the American Lung Association say about an all electric public transportation system in Houston by 2050?
Why should we be expecting autonomous boat legislation? Because we’re not talking about it and an autonomous Mayflower is launching to commemorate the Mayflower’s 400th anniversary since it departed PLymouth
Who partnered to build this autonomous Mayflower? The nonprofit marine research organization ProMare and IBM
Who: GM and Uber
What: GM is offering Uber drivers special pricing on new 2020 Chevrolet Bolt EV purchases and GM EV charging accessories.
What direct impact did COVID have on high speed rail in California, beyond the cost overruns and land acquisitions that have clung to the project?
Who: Motor Drive
Where does Motor Drive operate? Indianapolis
How does the a monthly subscription service work? Subscriptions range from$649 per month to $1,399, including insurance and routine maintenance. The service also requires a membership, which costs $400 upfront. If you buy an EV through the service, the $400 counts toward the purchase.
What about charging the EV? Motor Drive will install a fast charger for you if you agree to a subscription for 120 days
What? California Legislature passed a COVID Reform bill, SB 288 (2020 | CA) that allows ENVIRONMENTAL reviews to be skipped. Adieu preconceived notions.
What is the goal of SB 288? To promote projects that could cut down driving & reduce carbon emissions
What did the bill’s author say? “SB 288 will help get our economy back on track, create jobs, and improve our sustainable transportation infrastructure.””
Specifically what type of transit projects would get to skip environmental review?
How long will the project fast track last? 2 years
Where: California’s Monterey-Salinas Transit
What experience did the regional transit authority have that helped their COVID pivot? The agency’s tabletop exercises concerning the best responses to natural disasters, civil disturbances or mass casualty events
How did Monterey-Salinas Transit do to pivot because of COVID?
What surprised the agency and will impact future planning?
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