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Mobility Best Practices and E-Mobility Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion in Accelerating EV Adoption


Dr. Shelley Francis
Co-founder and Principal, EVNoire

Greenhouse gas emissions from transportation account for about 28 percent of total U.S. greenhouse gas emissions. As we work together to address the profound climate crisis, the U.S. DOT Volpe Center’s 2021 speaker series, Innovation for a Sustainable, Equitable Transportation System, is exploring how to transition to a low-/no-carbon transportation system—one that enables disadvantaged communities to gain access to mobility, jobs, and economic opportunity.

Dr. Shelley Francis, co-founder and principal at EVNoire, presented her talk "Mobility Best Practices and E-Mobility Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion in Accelerating EV Adoption" as part of the U.S. DOT Volpe Center’s 2021 thought leadership series, Innovation for a Sustainable, Equitable Transportation System, on September 14, 2021.

About the Speaker

Dr. Shelley FrancisDr. Shelley Francis, a former medical school faculty member, is a public health executive, entrepreneur, and transportation disruptor. She is a co-founder and principal at EVNoire. EVNoire’s work focuses on two pillars: E-Mobility Best Practices and E-Mobility Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion. The EVNoire team specializes in providing business solutions to enhance electrification strategies for utilities, nonprofits, auto manufacturers, municipalities, government agencies, public health organizations, and regional and national organizations to expand this market share. EVNoire also engages communities on workforce development opportunities in the alternative fuel/electric vehicle economy.

The EVNoire team provides opportunities to engage with multi-modal, clean transportation through education and outreach, expanding charging infrastructure, marketing/launches, workplace charging, workforce development, and beneficial policies. Francis and Terry Travis’ vision led to the Co-Founding of the nation’s largest network of diverse EV drivers and enthusiasts, EVHybridNoire, a 501c3 Nonprofit. EVHybridNoire, is a national, award winning, multicultural organization focused on increasing EV adoption and awareness in diverse communities.

Francis is frequently sought out for her expertise in E-Mobility, the public health impacts of transportation emissions, and environmental justice, and she is often featured in national journals and publications such as the Baltimore Sun, Columbus Times-Dispatch, Energy News, Forbes, and more. Dr. Francis was recently recognized as one of the top Women in EVs by Electric Drives; she was also featured in the Progressive Change Institute’s report of the top 400 candidates recommended for the Biden-Harris Administration; and she was identified by movmi and Sandra Phillips as one of their 2020 Mobility Leaders. Francis currently serves as a National Board Director for the Electric Auto Association.  

News and Video

Read the news story and watch video highlights of Dr. Francis's talk from this event.