The unprecedented scale of the challenge to electrify the fleet calls on us to put the most powerful policy tools to good use. Steering the market to electric vehicles will require sustained policies that address the barriers of model availability, cost, charging, and consumer information.
— The International Council on Clean Transportation (2017)

Process Commitments

A GoEV City agrees to the following process commitments:

  • City EV Action Plan in place within 18 months of joining that establishes priorities for the next 5 years and a pathway with goals for 2025, 2030, and 2050. The short plan will include target percentages of EVs by mode, EV charging equipment, funding mechanisms, EV-Ready building codes, etc.

  • City designates appropriate staff time and resources to implement the plan.

  • City participates in the consortium to learn from or share lessons and best practices.

  • City shares key tracking data with the city consortium.

Policy Commitments

Your city will have the flexibility to develop its own policies and programs. However, there are several key goals that are essential to being a GoEV City:

  • City commits to transition its own fleet to zero emission vehicles.

  • City works with the local transit agency to transition to zero emissions buses.

  • City works to transition taxis, Uber/Lyft and similar services to zero emission vehicles.

  • City sets goals to transition all vehicles in the community to zero emission vehicles.

To achieve these goals, municipalities can implement a range of policies and programs, many of which are outlined in the GoEV Policy Toolkit


GoEV Guiding Principles

We invite your city to take the lead and become a GoEV City. When deciding to become a GoEV City, use the following guiding principles:

  • Transportation is a significant and growing contributor to emissions, and reduced emissions from transportation are essential for the climate and offer many local benefits, including better air quality, improved health, and financial savings.

  • Mobility should be increasingly shared, electric, and affordable to provide the greatest public and private benefits.

  • The transition to clean transportation should be just and equitable, and provide improved mobility and access to jobs and healthcare for lower-income communities, people of color, the disabled, the elderly and youth.

  • Cities should be increasingly designed for people (not just cars). Efficient and human-designed cities include walking, biking, public transit and shared trips that create thriving and more livable communities.

  • Cities should work with utilities and state entities to create favorable policies for transportation electrification in areas such as infrastructure, incentives, allocation of VW settlement funds, vehicle standards, and utility investment.