In a significant development, a group of major U.S. utilities which includes Uber and Tesla said they are launching a new lobby group which will lobby for national policies to boost the adoption of electric vehicles.
The lobby group named Zero Emission Transportation Association, aims to boost the adoption of consumer electric vehicle and encourage the retirement of their dirty environment polluting cousins. The lobby group will also advocate for tougher emissions and performance standards and is aiming for full electrification by 2030.
U.S. President-elect Joe Biden has promised new tax incentives, including new rebates to buy EVs and significantly increase the number of charging stations across the country – policy measures that automakers have advocated since long.
“We can own the electric vehicle market — building 550,000 charging stations — and creating over a million good jobs here at home — with the federal government investing more in clean energy research,” said Biden.
Biden’s measures are aligned with the group’s call for “strong federal charging infrastructure investments” and its goal to reach 100% electric vehicle sales by 2030.
Uber’s CEO Dara Khosrowshahi said, the lobby group will support “Uber’s work to move 100% of rides to EVs in (the United States), Canadian and European cities by 2030 and go fully zero-emissions by 2040. It will take all of us working together to address the urgent crisis of climate change.”
In the United States, in 2019 automakers have sold 326,000 electric vehicles, amounting to around 2% of total U.S. auto sales with Tesla’s sales of this 2% being 60%.
Members of the Zero Emission Transportation Association include Duke Energy, ConEdison, Lordstown Motors, PG&E, Chargepoint and EVgo, Lucid Motors and Rivian. Albemarle Corp, the world’s biggest producer of lithium for electric vehicle batteries along with Siemens and Piedmont Lithium are also part of the group.
Earlier in September, California Governor Gavin Newsom had said, the state plans on banning the sale of new gasoline powered trucks and passenger cars starting from 2035.
Incidentally, California is the largest U.S. auto market and accounts for around 11% of total U.S. vehicle sales. Many states have adopted its green vehicle mandates.