Your honest answers on this confidential poll are very important for the future of EVs in our region. You are helping the federal government understand how to fund future clean energy projects. Not every question may apply to you, but any answers and comments you can offer are deeply appreciated.

If you can’t complete an entire section in one sitting, then save your answers and come back at any time. On the last question of any page, choose the “Exit and Submit” option, and hit "Next". Then you can close and come back later using the same link or QR code that first got you to the poll. Your answers will be there.

This poll helps us at Metropolitan Energy Center (MEC) to tell the Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) how future funding opportunities for clean transportation projects can be best used in this region.

We are responding to four specific areas of interest (AOIs), simplified here:
  • Should someone work with Area Transit Authorities to increase ridership while decreasing greenhouse gas emissions? How would that look? (AOI #8)
  • What would it look like in a world where it would cost way less to do the background work (called “soft costs”) to make electric vehicles (EVs) a reality for more people? Answer from a residential or business perspective. (AOI #9)
  • What does the workforce need to know, or know how to do, so that people will be prepared to make EVs a reality? One section asks for educator perspectives, one for professional perspectives. (AOI #10)
  • What do people who don’t already own EVs need to know about EVs and what it takes to own one? (AOI #11)
Click here for a copy of the DOE’s official Notice of Intent.

Helpful definitions for this poll:
  • Electric Vehicle Infrastructure: Electric vehicle infrastructure means structures, machinery, and equipment necessary and integral to support an electric vehicle, including battery charging stations, rapid charging stations, and battery exchange stations.
  • Environmental Justice (EJ): the fair treatment and meaningful involvement of all people regardless of race, color, national origin, or income, with respect to the development, implementation, and enforcement of environmental laws, regulations, and policies.
  • Public Transportation: Buses, trains, subways, and other forms of transportation that charge set fares, run on fixed routes, and are available to the public.
  • Soft Costs: Soft costs are all the other expenses involved in a construction project that do not deal with the physical construction or process of construction. Most of these costs are for non-tangible items, such as services, fees, and insurance.
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