Electric vehicles have no tail-pipe emissions. EVs help clean our air, fight climate change, and boost our economy by using electricity, which is cheaper than gas, and keeps dollars in the U.S. instead of sending billions to overseas oil producers.

This toolkit is intended for stakeholders interested in creating equitable EV policies and programs, including social justice and environmental justice advocates; climate and air quality advocates; EV program administrators; federal, state, and local government leaders and agencies; utilities, automakers and EV service providers.

Low-income communities and communities of color disproportionately feel the impacts of vehicle pollution and can benefit the most from the clean air and cost-saving benefits of passenger EVs. This toolkit is specifically designed to provide tools, tips, and resources to make passenger EVs accessible to underserved communities.

Each chapter provides:

  • Information about different tools used to increase access to EVs
  • An “Equity Guide” that gives considerations to ensure the tool creates real access to EVs for underserved communities
  • “Tips for Success” to point out additional important considerations
  • “Helpful Links & Examples” that readers can use for further research and learning
  • “Other Resources” to provide easy access to more EV access related information

The toolkit largely focuses on and builds off lessons learned from EV equity efforts in California, including the passage and implementation of the Charge Ahead California Initiative (SB 1275, De León). It is not meant to be a comprehensive guide and may not address all obstacles and opportunities unique to other locales.