It’s electric

Source: BY KELSEY TAMBORRINO, Politico • Posted: Tuesday, November 17, 2020

A coalition of utilities, electric vehicle makers and mineral producers have formed a new association to push for 100 percent electric vehicle sales by 2030.  The group, dubbed the Zero Emission Transportation Association, will seek policies to help the growing sector, such as point-of-sale consumer incentives to buy electric vehicles, investments in federal infrastructure and strengthened emissions performance standards. The aim is for all light-, medium- and heavy-duty vehicle sales to be entirely electric by 2030.

“We can either invest in this sector and compete and win, or we’re ceding that leadership to other foreign, commercial interests,” said Joe Britton, the group’s executive director. “We’ll be able to show we represent job creators in every state of the country.”

Members of the group include major utilities like Pacific Gas and Electric, Duke Energy, Vistra, Southern Company and Con Edison, as well as auto giants Tesla, Lordstown Motor Co. and Uber, though none of the major legacy automakers are involved. Producers of charging infrastructure like ChargePoint, EVgo and Volta are also members, as are mineral producers like Albemarle, Ioneer and Piedmont Lithium.