Is your community ready for

Is your community ready for

Electric Vehicles?

Electric Vehicles?

The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) and Clean Cities Coalition partners want to help you prepare your community for the electrification revolution. Whether it’s electric city buses, workplace charging stations, electric vehicle car-share programs, or any other electric idea, the Ready for EVs workshops will help your community come together, discuss, and create a plan for a new world of EVs.


These workshops seek to gather a diverse selection of local community leaders in the interests of developing a plan to accelerate EV adoption. Participants will plan and outline a timeline that reflects the current state of their community and choose the action steps they can take now to support EV adoption for the coming years, leveraging newly created connections from the session and new knowledge provided by NFPA and Clean Cities experts.

Pre-Workshop Training

Attend the NFPA EV Preparedness Training Courses

Electric vehicles are here. You see them in almost every community. Their use has grown rapidly over the past decade, and it’s only speeding up. That’s why NFPA has created customized online learning all about electric vehicles and the impact they may have on you, your business, and your community.

NFPA EV Preparedness Training Courses include editions for:

  • Public

  • Crash Reconstruction

  • Tow & Salvage

  • Charging Station Installer

  • Code Official

  • Vehicle Technician

  • Dealership

  • Insurance Adjuster

  • Fleet

  • Utilities

This online learning is also the suggested pre-learning course for another innovative program. NFPA has built a workshop for EV community preparedness that will be presented at 30 live virtual events nationwide during 2022 and 2023. So, whether you’re joining a workshop or just curious about EVs, this is the perfect place to start.

Attendees should view one of the pre-workshop NFPA EV Preparedness Training Courses before attending the workshop for their area. Attendees should view the pre-workshop course that best fits their organization or occupation. There are courses focused on Dealerships, Fleets, Utilities, Insurance Adjusters, Charging Station Installers, and more. Taking one of these courses will best prepare attendees to join the conversation about electrification in their community during the workshop and give them an idea of how they can contribute.

Workshops for communities of all sizes

We’re planning 30 workshops over the next two years

Lead the charge towards community electrification

Workshop Benefits

These workshops seek to gather a diverse selection of local community leaders in the interests of developing a plan to accelerate EV adoption. Participants will plan and outline a timeline that reflects the current state of their community and choose the action steps they can take now to support EV adoption for the coming years, leveraging newly created connections from the session and new knowledge provided by NFPA and Clean Cities experts.

Network with other enthusiastic community members
Learn about available resources for your community
Discover community electrification funding opportunities
Create an EV community preparedness plan

Reap the benefits of electric transportation

Become your community’s EV expert

Attending a Ready for EVs workshop comes with benefits to the individuals attending, the organizations represented and to the community at large. These benefits can include:

  • Dispelling common electric vehicle myths
  • Understanding what electric vehicles are and how they impact communities
  • Discussing various kinds of electrified transportation methods (i.e. public transportation)
  • Learning about electric vehicle charging options
  • Understanding various fears and anxieties associated with the transition to EVs
  • Meeting your local or state Clean Cities Coalition and understanding their role in the transition to electric vehicles

Attendees should take away from these workshops a better understanding of the current electric vehicle landscape in their state and community and a network of invested individuals to reach out to for future EV development. Other takeaways include:

  • A directory of attendees (in spreadsheet format) including names, organizations, emails, and phone numbers
  • Connections with local officials and important offices that can aid in the transition to EVs
  • A digital workbook from the session including information covered during the presentation and spaces for individual notes and action items
  • An understanding of available resources and funding on the federal, state and local level

Brought to you by EV experts

A national network of partners to guide your community to EV success

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About NFPA

Founded in 1896, NFPA is the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) accredited national codes and standards developer for emergency responder qualifications, equipment and tactics, as well as the codes and standards developer for vehicle fueling. In addition, NFPA’s National Electrical Code® (NEC®) establishes standards for EV charging stations, electrified truck parking spaces and the impact of the EV charging infrastructure on power consumption and emergency response.

 Since 2010, NFPA has promoted the safe and compliant adoption of alternatively fueled vehicles, in particular electric vehicles. During that time, NFPA’s® Emerging Issues Team has developed and disseminated extensive EV safety training and guidance to roughly 3000,000 first and second responders. We are actively coordinating with vehicle manufactures, government agencies, research entities, and more to raise safety and awareness for these rapidly emerging transportation technologies.

 In our latest initiative, NFPA, with the support of the U.S. Department of Energy and their Clean Cities Coalition network, is developing a broad suite of awareness-based learning modules for all EV stakeholders which make up the EV ecosystem. This effort aims to eliminate many of the common EV misconceptions and provide foundational segment specific EV knowledge to support EV and EV infrastructure growth. NFPA, with the support of its Clean Cities Coalition partners, will be coordinating and delivering 30 virtual EV Community Preparedness Workshops nationwide to facilitate guided exercises and discussions amongst local stakeholders and EV community leaders. The results of these workshops will include future collaboration amongst a broad audience, and planning for future EV adoption within their respective communities.

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About Central Florida Clean Cities

The Central Florida Clean Cities Coalition (CFCCC), sponsored by the U.S. Department of Energy, held their board meeting this month at the Florida Solar Energy Center in Cocoa, Florida. The current Chairman is David Dunn, Fleet & Facilities Management, Division Manager at City of Orlando and staff members include Doug Kettles, Director and Coordinator of the organization, and Kaitlin Reed, Program Assistant.

The organization’s mission is to support efficient, clean, and sustainable transportation fuel use. By working together with stakeholders, they deploy advanced alternative fuel technologies, mass transit projects, and fleet optimization measures throughout their ten county region. Initiatives include creating an alternative fuel vehicle training network, working with several other coalitions to establish alternative fuel corridors on major interstates throughout the state of Florida, advancing alternative fuel markets and an alternative fuel price report.

In 2018, the Coalition’s efforts helped reduce CO2 by 40K tons and displaced $12.8 million gallons of petroleum in Florida. Together with the other three Clean Cities Coalitions in the state, CFCCC has been instrumental with the dissemination of information regarding the state Beneficiary Mitigation Plan, which outlines the proposed funding allocation of the $166 million that the state received from The Volkswagen Settlement Mitigation Trust.

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About East Tennessee Clean Fuels

East Tennessee Clean Fuels’ (ETCleanFuels) mission is to increase the use of cleaner American fuels and vehicles and energy-saving transportation technologies to improve air quality and health, curb dependence on imported petroleum and support Tennessee’s economy. More specifically, we work to implement alt fuel projects in East Tennessee, and work to make ETCleanFuels a sustainable coalition of involved participants from across East Tennessee.

ETCleanFuels is a designated coalition with the U.S. DOE Clean Cities Program, which resides within the Vehicle Technologies Program as part of the Office of Energy Efficiency & Renewable Energy (EERE) within DOE. Our designation ceremony was held on October 12, 2004 on the front lawn of the Headquarters for the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, just next door to Sugarlands Visitor Center.

The Coalition covers 47 counties in East and Middle Tennessee, and together with its partner, Middle-West Tennessee Clean Fuels, covers the entirety of Tennessee with the aim of increasing alternative fuels adoption and awareness. Together, our two Coalitions operate as “Tennessee Clean Fuels,” which serves the entire state and is made up of the staff and board members of the two state coalitions.

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About Virginia Clean Cities

Virginia Clean Cities, founded in 1996, is a part of the national Clean Cities Coalition Network. As a partner of James Madison University, VCC draws on stakeholders from both the public and private sector on a local, state, and federal level to advance air quality, economic opportunity, and energy security through the deployment of alternative fuel vehicles and infrastructure, education programs, and other petroleum reduction activities.

The Virginia Clean Cities story begins in 1996 in Hampton Roads when the U.S. Department of Energy recognized the city as a Clean Cities Coalition. In 2001, the non-profit Virginia Clean Cities, Inc. was created to manage the Coalition. In 2009, Virginia Clean Cities formed a partnership with James Madison University enabling both organizations to leverage resources, current initiatives, and future opportunities. Virginia Clean Cities serves as a cornerstone program in the Institute for Energy and Environmental Research (IEER).

The Clean Cities program is sponsored by the Department of Energy in accordance with the Energy Policy Act of 1992. This legislation’s express intent is to ensure national energy security by reducing dependence on imported petroleum products. The Clean Cities program was chartered to help achieve this objective by promoting alternative fuel use in the transportation sector.