Starting Point

0.3     Act on Executive Order or gubernatorial PEV request

Background

 

Executive authorization – either formally via an order or informally – is a key entry point into electric vehicle work. Throughout PEV deployment efforts, this Starting Point can be revisited to authorize new actions. The governor appoints DOT leadership, helps set the direction of executive agencies, and has the power to issue executive orders, and therefore has substantial power in influencing the priorities of the DOT. The governor has substantial power in influencing the priorities of the DOT because he appoints DOT leadership, helps set the direction of executive agencies, and has the power to issue executive orders. However, some states DOTs have more autonomy and could refrain from conducting work on PEVs unless the governor directly orders it. Spotlight: Governor Martin O’Malley of Maryland appointed Maryland DOT’s deputy secretary to the Electric Vehicle Infrastructure Council, thus ensuring that the DOT was part of a high-level conversation of PEVs.

Some governors have campaigned to deploy PEVs and may order DOTs to conduct work on PEVs. Spotlight: Governor Ted Kulongonski of Oregon made transportation electrification a key part of his platform and his successor Governor John Kitzhaber introduced a new high-level policy position on sustainable land use and transportation policy into the DOT with some focus on PEVs, thus emphasizing PEV deployment as a key DOT goal.

Next Steps

  • Advise and participate in dialogues with the governor’s office. Executive decisions regarding PEVs may need to be informed by the DOT’s perspective on PEVs.
  • Understand the extent to which DOT staff is willing to work closely with the governor on deploying PEVs. Some state DOTs may be somewhat independent from the governor’s office. States can potentially have a supportive governor but reluctant DOT staff.

Similar to Action 0.2, executive authorization could technically allow for any number of Actor and Leader actions to occur, but DOTs should undertake some or all of the Learner actions first, especially Action 1.4).

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