This year’s “Transportation Electrification in the Southeast” report published in partnership with Atlas Public Policy tracks substantial momentum in the Southeast across electric vehicle (EV) market indicators, including economic and workforce development, EV sales and charging infrastructure deployment, and government and electric utility funding. The report benchmarked progress on transportation electrification in six states in the Southeast: Alabama, Florida, Georgia, North Carolina, South Carolina, and Tennessee. This is our third annual report and provides an update on progress from July 2021 through June 30, 2022.
The need for transportation electrification is considerable. Transportation is the single largest source of greenhouse gas emissions in the United States and transportation electrification can help significantly reduce carbon emissions. At the same time, there are opportunities to improve health outcomes, address environmental injustices, and stimulate jobs and economic development in the Southeast through the uptake of EVs.
On Thursday, September 8, SACE hosted a webinar to discuss the report. During the webinar, report author, Tom Taylor of Atlas Public Policy, and Stan Cross, Electric Transportation Policy Director at the Southern Alliance for Clean Energy, will highlight findings from the report and discuss how the Southeast can take a leadership role in the rapid transition to EVs.
Overall, the Southeast has seen significant growth over the past 12 months in EV sales, utility investment, government spending, charging deployment and manufacturing, and jobs. That said, the region still lags behind the national average across all indicators except manufacturing and jobs.