Samantha Houston

Clean Vehicles Analyst

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Samantha Houston is an analyst for the Clean Vehicles program at the Union of Concerned Scientists. In her role, she works to promote public policy and private investments for infrastructure supporting widespread electric vehicle integration. See Samantha's full bio.

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Federal Policy For Charging Access: A Tale of Two EV Drivers

Over the last few years, my work on electric vehicle (EV) charging infrastructure has focused, almost exclusively, on state-level policies and regulations. But now there’s a new Congress and a new administration giving new life to the possibilities to increase access to EV charging and enable more EV adoption—the kind of accelerated adoption that could put the US on track to achieve 100 percent EV sales by 2035 and significant progress on climate emission reductions. So my UCS colleagues and I have been thinking more deeply about federal policies, and I penned a new fact sheet, Federal Support for EV Charging: Policies for Rapid, Equitable Investments, Read more >

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A public charger for an electric vehicle in Bemidji, MN
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Minnesota Utility Programs Are Latest Target in Oil Industry War on EVs

The oil industry has undertaken a concerted effort to discredit and delay electric vehicle (EV) adoption in Minnesota, and the State’s Public Utilities Commission has become a key venue for the fight over the future of utility EV programs and EV adoption generally. At the Commission, groups of oil-interested parties have been exercising all avenues open to them to work against EVs. Read more >

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Red Chevrolet Volt Parked in One of Ten New Solar-Powered Charging Stations
A Chevrolet Volt is Parked at One of Ten New Solar-Powered Charging Stations Steve Fecht/General Motors

Threatened by EVs, Oil Companies Employ Disinformation Tactics in Massachusetts

The oil industry is responding to the important role utilities have in accelerating electric vehicle (EV) adoption through undertaking a broad campaign to fight against utility programs that invest in EV charging infrastructure. Mischaracterizing quotes from witnesses and other state regulators is only part of the disinformation strategy the American Petroleum Institute (API) has engaged in. Read more >

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Electric Utilities Can Accelerate Electric Truck and Bus Deployment

In my inaugural blog post, I am excited to share a set of recommendations for electric utility investments in electric truck and bus charging programs. Read more >

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