The opportunities in the electric vehicle (EV) space are abundant — from creating thousands of jobs and achieving historic levels of carbon reduction to ensuring all communities have equitable access to cleaner transportation infrastructure. For these reasons, we were thrilled to join ZETA as a founding member in its mission to achieve 100% electric vehicles sales by 2030.
For over 160 years, Siemens has invented, built, and supported the critical infrastructure systems that continue to move our country forward. From laying the first transatlantic cable connecting Europe to America in 1873 to deploying over 65,000 EV charging stations around the U.S., Siemens has a clear view of the economic and societal impact that infrastructure projects can deliver. While there is much that Siemens and our ZETA partners can do to meet our ambitious electrification goals, these efforts must be coupled with strong leadership within the federal government to ensure that the U.S. can lead the world in making an EV future a reality.
Other countries — including China, the U.K., and Norway — are investing in policies that support wider market participation and incentivize the deployment of critical EV charging infrastructure and new EVs. We need similar strategies in the U.S. to ensure we are competing, innovating, and leading.
Siemens and ZETA are excited that transportation electrification is a key focus of the Biden-Harris Administration and that it has already committed to electrifying the federal fleet. This commitment sends a strong market signal and ensures American companies see ready purchasers on the horizon. But the federal government can go further — by incentivizing EV rentals for travelling personnel, ensuring new capital projects include charging infrastructure, and directing all government agencies to prioritize electrification in contracting and procurement. These strong actions will further catalyze the commercial development and investments we need.
The global race to create jobs and secure an advanced, clean transportation system is on. Siemens is doing its part with an expanded manufacturing facility in Wendell, North Carolina, where local workers are helping to meet the need for electric bus and truck charging infrastructure. Siemens introduced the industry’s first EV charger to interact with building management systems, enabling operators to monitor, manage, and adjust the systems in real-time. Our sites across Texas, California, Georgia and South Carolina are developing charging systems and technology that will help manage this new flow of power ensuring Siemens can help the U.S. realize full EV deployment.
Siemens and ZETA are focused on driving policies that will ensure that all communities have equal access to EV technology, promote competitive markets, reduce carbon emissions, invest in a resilient and modern electrical grid, and give individuals more control over their energy future.
Siemens and the ZETA membership stand ready to work with Congress and the Federal government to ensure that the U.S leads the world in electrification and promotes an equitable approach to policies so we can all benefit from this new economy.