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 EVs. This toolkit is specifically designed to provide tools, tips, and resources that will help make EVs accessible to these underserved communities. The toolkit’s chapters are broken out into sections that highlight information and lessons learned from current models in California like the Charge Ahead California Initiative (SB 1275, De León). Each locale will likely encounter different local obstacles and opportunities for making EVs accessible for all.

This toolkit relies heavily on California examples and lessons learned and is not meant to be an exhaustive list of tools, policies, or ideas of how to ensure low-income consumers gain access to EVs.

How to Use

The toolkit consists of chapters addressing different topics related to passenger EV access. Each chapter contains descriptions of tools used to increase access to EVs. An “Equity Guide” provides considerations so the tool creates real access to EVs for underserved communities. Each tool description provides “Tips for Success” where applicable and a list of “Helpful Links and Examples” readers can use for further research and learning.

Each chapter has a list of “Other Resources” to provide easy access to more EV related information.

Setting the Stage
Making EVs Affordable
Making EVS Practical & Accessible
Increasing EV Awareness
The Curious Case of Selling EVs
Diversify the EV Market