Future of federal fleets
The Biden Administration recognizes that EVs have the potential to significantly improve federal fleet efficiency, reduce vehicle operation and maintenance costs, and help agencies meet statutory requirements for acquiring alternative fuel and low greenhousegas emitting vehicles.
“If the federal government turns even a portion of its fleet into EVs, that will send a strong signal of EV support to automakers. A large fleet purchase could have reverberating impacts, including an increased demand for fleet charging stations,” Stacy explains.
Equity and equal access
Support for EVs at the local level, such as electric transit buses, helps bring the technology and its benefits to disadvantaged and low-income communities that rely on public transportation. And as the cost of passenger EVs comes down—through technology advances, incentives, and the emergence of the used EV market—individual ownership becomes possible for even more people.
“There are now more focused efforts on getting EVs into communities that can benefit the most.”
Yet the challenge remains of making sure there are accessible charging stations in low-income areas, such as at multifamily housing developments. However, Stacy shares, “Any increased access to electric transportation has benefits across the board to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and leverage more renewable energy sources.”
A passion for her field
Stacy joined ICF straight from undergrad, where she earned degrees in environmental studies and geography at Western Michigan University. She was welcomed into a small team supporting the Alternative Fuels Data Center and played a role in EPA’s Smartway Transport Partnership. “At that time, EVs weren’t on the map. It was all about biofuels.”
As her work broadened to include EV adoption and creating readiness plans for a variety of clients, she became interested in the policy aspects, which led to a master’s degree in environmental sciences and policy from Johns Hopkins University. Today, the small team she led for many years has grown and continues to provide outstanding support to clients like the National Renewable Energy Laboratory, the National Park Service, and various local government entities. Stacy’s primary focus is now on electric utilities as they plan for and implement transportation electrification programs.
“I’ve experienced so many professional and personal milestones with the talented and innovative teams I’ve been part of at ICF.”
Stacy is also a founding member and serves on the advisory committee of the Washington, DC area chapter for Women of Electric Vehicles. This global professional community focuses on supporting women in the industry by creating lasting connections and sharing stories, ideas, resources, and strategies to become more effective leaders and innovators.
Readers interested in keeping up with Stacy’s latest insights, can read her regular contributions in Forbes here.