Electric Vehicles

Information on the City’s initiatives regarding electric vehicles including how the City is planning for charging infrastructure, information and incentives for potential electric vehicle buyers (for personal or commercial use), and City fleet initiatives.

Page updated on May 8, 2020 at 11:24 AM

Electric Vehicles in Alexandria

It is now easier, more affordable, and more practical for homeowners, businesses, and local governments to use electric vehicles (EVs) for their daily commute and operations. The average American has a daily round-trip commute of less than 30 miles and many EV models have driving ranges over 330 miles on a full charge. Depending on your gasoline and electric rates, EV operation can be three to five times cheaper than gasoline and diesel-powered cars. EVs do not require gasoline, can be charged at home, and do not need oil changes. EVs have no tailpipe emissions so they contribute to a cleaner atmosphere and as utility electric grids become cleaner with greater amounts of renewable energy, the greenhouse gas emissions associated with charging your vehicle continue to decrease.* You can also consider coupling an EV purchase with a solar installation to ensure greener charging!


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City of Alexandria Seeks Public Input on Electric Vehicle Charging Infrastructure Readiness Strategy

The City of Alexandria launches a process to develop an Electric Vehicle Charging Infrastructure Readiness Strategy that will provide a roadmap for the electric vehicle charging infrastructure needs of City residents, workforce members and visitors. Watch a video introduction to the Electric Vehicle Charging Infrastructure Readiness Strategy project, which includes information about electric vehicle trends and statistics in the U.S. and Alexandria; preliminary charging station location analysis information; and goals for the project. The Alexandria community and interested stakeholders can provide feedback online by May 22, 2020.


    Electric Vehicle Charging Infrastructure Readiness Strategy


    Learn More About the City's Electric Vehicle Charging Infrastructure Readiness Strategy!!!


    The Electric Vehicle Charging Infrastructure Readiness Strategy will develop a roadmap to anticipate the electric vehicle charging infrastructure needs of City residents, workforce members, and visitors as electric vehicles become more mainstream. The Electric Vehicle Charging Infrastructure Readiness Strategy project includes:

    • Evaluating projections for current and future electric vehicle charging infrastructure needs;
    • Recommending locations for publicly-accessible charging infrastructure with integration into a broader regional electric vehicle charging infrastructure network;
    • Recommending charging infrastructure options, including hardware, business ownership, and operation models, interoperability, and operations and maintenance solutions;
    • Reviewing the City’s zoning, codes, permitting, and inspection codes and development processes and requirements to recommend updated, or new, language to promote and anticipate electric vehicle charging needs; and
    • Recommending policies, approaches, and synergies for locating electric vehicle charging infrastructure at businesses, multi-unit dwellings, single-family homes, right-of-way, and other locations.

    Synergies with the City’s electric vehicle initiatives, DASH zero emission bus projects, and other forms of mobility will also be evaluated. This program is identified as a key program to advance smart mobility and Environmental Action Plan 2040 goals. 

    The Electric Vehicle Charging Infrastructure Readiness Strategy development process launched in February 2020 with information and coordination meetings with necessary City departments, and research and data collection on the City's various transportation plans and initiatives. In April 2020, due to the cancellation of non-essential in-person community meetings, City staff provide a pre-recorded presentation and opportunity for the Alexandria community and interested stakeholders the opportunity to provide input and feedback. Additional community engagement opportunities will be held in May, June, and July 2020. The Electric Vehicle Charging Infrastructure Readiness Strategy development process and delivery of the report is on schedule to conclude in Fall 2020.


    Community Engagement Opportunities


    Please provide us feedback by May 22, 2020 on opportunities for electric vehicle charging infrastructure in Alexandria!

    • Please watch the below pre-recorded visual presentation and provide your thoughts using the online feedback portal by May 22, 2020. The presentation provides an introduction to the Electric Vehicle Charging Infrastructure Readiness Strategy project, electric vehicle trends and statistics in the US and Alexandria, preliminary charging station location analysis information, vision and goals, and ways the Alexandria community can provide input and feedback on the development of the Electric Vehicle Charging Infrastructure Readiness Strategy

      Let's start the conversation!

       
      Alexandria EVRS Public Presentation Image 

    Additional Opportunities to Provide Feedback.

    • Due to the COVID-19 public health emergency, community engagement opportunities will be made available through the City's website until such time restrictions on physical distancing are lifted and in-person community meetings are able to resume.There are two additional community engagement opportunities are being made available as the City is committed to engaging the community and obtaining feedback throughout the Electric Vehicle Charging Infrastructure Readiness Strategy's development process. In May and June 2020, the public will be able to comment on additional considerations of electric vehicle charging infrastructure, including locations and priorities for electric vehicle charging stations. Anticipated for July 2020, the public will be able to comment on the Draft Electric Vehicle Charging Infrastructure Readiness Strategy report. The final Electric Vehicle Charging Infrastructure Readiness Strategy report will be completed in Fall 2020.



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    Community & Electric Vehicles

    Find Out if an Electric Vehicle is Right for You!

    • Dominion Energy provides a wealth of information about electric vehicles for Virginia customers. Check out the many resources they have to offer:

     

    Charging Stations

    • The U.S. Department of Energy’s Alternative Fuels Data Center provides an interactive map for locating electric vehicle charging stations across the country. To find locations within the City for charging, just enter your destination in the map’s search bar here.

     

    Residential Electric Vehicles

    Incentives

    • Federal and State: The U.S. Department of Energy’s Energy Efficiency & Renewable Energy office manages the Alternative Fuels Data Center, which houses a wealth of information about laws and incentives governing alternative fuel vehicles. For Federal laws and incentives, refer to this page, and for Virginia specific information, please click here.

     

    Commercial Electric Vehicles

    Incentives

    • Federal and State: The U.S. Department of Energy’s Energy Efficiency & Renewable Energy office manages the Alternative Fuels Data Center, which houses a wealth of information about laws and incentives governing alternative fuel vehicles. For Federal laws and incentives, refer to this page, and for Virginia specific information, please click here.

    City Fleet Electric Vehicle Initiatives

    Electric Vehicle Purchasing

    • The FY2020 budget funds the purchase of only electric or hybrid gas/electric general-purpose sedans. The budget also funds a pilot program to test the feasibility of electric and hybrid police cruisers and develop a strategy to facilitate electric vehicle charging infrastructure for public and private vehicles across the city.

    * Source: Dominion Energy - dominionenergy.chooseev.com/home/

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