2020 Appendix C: Updated Three-Year Plan for CVRP and the ZEV Market
Since the introduction of the first Light-Duty Long-Term Plan in FY 2016-17, the zero-emission vehicle (ZEV) market has grown tremendously. Events over the few last years and the introduction of new vehicles (there are now over 80 electric vehicle models in the U.S.) and clean transportation equity programs (equity) have changed the ZEV market landscape. However, the global health and economic crisis disrupted the new vehicle market as a whole in 2020. Impacts to ZEV production, inventory, and dealerships coupled with decreased household income for many have made it difficult to analyze the impacts of these events on the assumptions, evaluations, and recommendations for light-duty ZEV and clean transportation programs. Major changes in the light-duty ZEV market and clean transportation equity programs will be required to allow for project sustainability within a limited budget and to better foster market growth from harder to reach market segments especially during times of economic uncertainty.