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Mission: The Cooperative Approach to Vehicle Electrification (CAVE) is a network of electric cooperatives that have implemented or are planning to implement a variety of electric transportation programs.
This group seeks to work with federal agencies, foundations and vendors to provide grassroots electric transportation solutions for rural America. CAVE is NRECA’s electric vehicle consortium created to assist our members in taking advantage of funding opportunities available through the $1 trillion bipartisan infrastructure law.
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To find out more about programs funded by the 2021 infrastructure package and NRECA's efforts to secure wins for cooperatives through the new law, visit our Infrastructure Resource Hub.
Need: Federal agencies and other funders need to see a coordinated effort by America's electric cooperatives to address transportation electrification. It is critical that funders understand that while this group of co-ops are working together to advance transportation electrification, the pathway to do so will be driven by local needs and will vary based on the uniqueness of each electric cooperative.
CAVE seeks to implement programs and solutions that:
Focus on charging infrastructure in rural and low-income communities.
Create education-based programs to inform consumers, dealers and policy makers on the value of electric transportation.
Explore options for fleets, transit bus, school bus and medium/heavy duty truck adoption and charging solutions.
Demonstrate unique programs that utilize technologies to improve grid reliability.
Leverage engagement with funding entities to showcase electric cooperative commitment to transportation electrification.
Advocate co-op projects with funding sources.
Keep co-op participants up to date on the latest EV-related funding opportunities.
Participating Co-op Responsibilities
Identify key contact for this effort at their cooperative.
Share EV plans with NRECA staff as appropriate.
Receive messages related to funding opportunities.
Participate in calls with funders as needed.