2.8   Incorporate PEVs into DOT planning process

Reason for action


Each state DOT has a requirement in the Transportation Planning Regulations to develop a long-range transportation plan (LRTP). The LRTP sets forth a strategic and long-term (by law, a minimum of 20 years) vision for the future of transportation in the state.

Many newer transportation plans include climate change issues (see the Georgetown Climate Center' report Summary of Climate Change Provisions in State Long-Range Transportation Plans and the FHWA study Trends in Statewide Long-Range Transportation Plans: Core and Emerging Topics for more information). Incorporating PEVs into the long-range transportation plan is an opportunity for the DOT to commit to a policy direction as well as a long-term plan for alternative fuel vehicles like PEVs.

Implementing the action

  • Determine when the LRTP may be next updated. Some states have laws that require periodic updates. Many state DOTs also voluntarily update their plans. By aligning the right internal stakeholders (see Action 2.2), DOT staff and leadership can work to include PEVs in the LRTP.
  • Use a LRTP update as an opportunity to determine the long-term, strategic goals of PEV deployment and to partner with other key stakeholders. For example, metropolitan planning organizations (MPOs) as well as certain regions are also required to develop LRTPs. Bringing in local stakeholders and publicizing the state DOT LRTP’s emphasis on electric vehicles could lead to the incorporation of electric vehicles into local LRTPs as well.



The state can use its incorporation of electric vehicles into its LRTP as a model for local entities as well as other agencies (see Actions 2.16 and 3.6).

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