Zero Emissions Vehicle (ZEV) Mandates Workshop: Research for Effective, Efficient, and Equitable Policy Implementation

An RFF workshop exploring zero-mission vehicle (ZEV) mandates and how they will change the transportation landscape in the United States.


Event Details

California and New York recently adopted the Advanced Clean Cars II rule, requiring all new light-duty vehicle sales to be electric by 2035, and the Advanced Clean Trucks rule, which requires a ramping up of medium- and heavy-duty electric vehicle sales to 75 percent by 2035. Achieving and requiring such a rapid transition to an electric transportation sector raises a number of questions, such as:

  • What will happen to the used gasoline vehicle market, new vehicle sales (both electric and gasoline), and vehicle imports?
  • How can we ensure that this transition will be equitable?
  • What is the optimal pathway for charging station investments?
  • How will this expansion of new ZEV sales affect the electricity sector, and what rules and regulations within the electric sector can help support this transition?

There are multiple avenues to explore and lots of new research that can be done in this space to help the states effectively, efficiently, and equitably achieve their ZEV goals. To that end, we will host a two-half day virtual workshop with leading researchers and policymakers in the ZEV space to examine the state of research on zero-emission transportation, identify new researchable questions, and explore the data still needed to answer these questions. Following the workshop, we will create a written communication summarizing the findings from the workshop and laying out a new research agenda related to the ZEV mandate.

Day 1 | Agenda

Note: all of the times listed below are in Eastern Time (UTC +4).

2:00 p.m. | Welcome Remarks

  • Richard G. Newell, Resources for the Future

2:05 p.m. | Fireside Chat

  • Chris Smith, Ford Motor Company
  • Richard G. Newell, Resources for the Future

2:35 p.m. | Distributional and Equity Concerns

  • Erich Muehlegger, University of California, Davis
  • Regan Patterson, University of California, Los Angeles
  • Suzanne Russo, Pecan Street Inc.
  • Mehri Mohebbi, University of Florida (Moderator)

3:20 p.m. | Coffee Break

3:30 p.m. | Charging Station Network Development and Investments

  • Mehrnaz Ghamami, Michigan State University
  • Shanjun Li, Cornell University
  • Katalin Springel, HEC Montréal
  • Nafisa Lohawala, Resources for the Future (Moderator)

4:15 p.m. | Electric Regulatory Decisionmaking

  • Severin Borenstein, University of California, Berkeley
  • Peter Cappers, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory
  • Elizabeth Stein, New York University School of Law
  • Beia Spiller, Resources for the Future (Moderator)

5:00 p.m. | Closing Remarks

  • Beia Spiller, Resources for the Future

Day 2 | Agenda

Note: all of the times listed below are in Eastern Time (UTC +4).

11:00 a.m. | Opening Remarks

  • Beia Spiller, Resources for the Future

11:05 a.m. | Fireside Chat

  • Rory Christian, New York State Public Service Commission
  • Barbara Kates-Garnick, Tufts University and Resources for the Future

11:35 a.m. | Electric Loads, Grid Impacts, and Environmental Outcomes

  • Priya Chakraborty, University of California, Davis
  • Kara Kockelman, University of Texas, Austin
  • Steve Letendre, Nuvve
  • Karen Palmer, Resources for the Future (Moderator)

12:30 p.m. | Lunch Break

1:00 p.m. | Vehicle Demand and Supply

  • Kenneth Gillingham, Yale University
  • Benjamin Leard, University of Tennessee and Resources for the Future
  • Margaret Mann, National Renewable Energy Laboratory
  • Anna Spurlock, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory
  • Joshua Linn, Resources for the Future (Moderator)

1:55 p.m. | Closing Remarks

  • Beia Spiller, Resources for the Future

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