Municipal EV Toolkit


Transportation is responsible for 54% of Maine's greenhouse gas emissions. Maine released the state’s first climate action plan, outlining key strategies and targets to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. One emission-reduction goal is putting 41,000 light-duty EVs on the road in Maine by 2025 and 219,000 by 2030.   

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In collaboration with the Southern Maine Planning & Development Commission (SMPDC), we have created the EV Readiness Toolkit to help local leaders understand the opportunities available to electrify municipal fleet.  The toolkit aims to support Maine electrification efforts by providing technical guidance on encouraging EV adoption, fleet transitions and infrastructure development. The toolkit will provide decision-makers with up-to-date information on EVs in Maine, direct guidance on best practices and timely information on technologies that municipalities can use to improve their EV readiness.  

Municipalities play an important role in scaling up adoption of electric vehicles to reach statewide emission reduction targets. They can encourage EV infrastructure development through planning and policy changes, set an example by incorporating EVs into their own municipal fleets and disseminate information about EVs through stakeholder and public outreach. 

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How to Use Municipal EV Toolkit

Take the EV Readiness Assessment

The EV Readiness Assessment is separated into 6 categories: Municipal Fleet, Zoning, Parking, Planning, Permitting and Coding. This assessment will help you better understand where your municipality is in its EV transition. 


Review Guides to Improve Readiness

After you complete your assessment, review the guidebooks to help improve your EV readiness. The guidebooks offer resources and guidance on best practices that municipalities can use to improve their EV readiness.


Review Fact Sheets

As a final step, review the EV fact sheets. The fact sheets provide important information on light-duty vehicles, medium and heavy-duty vehicles, charging and resources specific to Maine, which can help you make informed decisions when transitioning to EV.