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AFE 2021: Driving Toward the Future – Electric Vehicles and Alaska
February 11 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Electric vehicles (EVs) are poised to transform the transportation and electricity sectors and can reduce transportation costs, increase local jobs and business, localize the benefit of transportation energy expenditures, and improve public health and the environment. The trend in other states and countries is unmistakably electric. But what about Alaska? This session will summarize the Alaska EV landscape, the challenges to EV adoption, solutions and opportunities, and updates on projects for both private passenger and fleet vehicles. Initial results from the electric school bus and solar photovoltaic project in Tok will be a specific focus of the fleet vehicle discussion. Three speakers will report on Alaska’s progress on the road to electric transportation: Tim Leach, Alaska Electric Vehicle Working Group lead facilitator; Michelle Wilber, Alaska Center for Energy and Power’s lead for the Beneficial and Equitable Electrification initiative; and Stretch Blackard, Tok Transportation Director.
Tim Leach, Alaska Electric Vehicle Group
Michelle Wilber, Alaska Center for Energy and Power
Stretch Blackard, Tok Transporation
Chris Rose, REAP