New York City, NY – Last Friday, Zero Emission Transportation Association (ZETA) Executive Director Joe Britton moderated an industry panel that discussed how federal policy can catalyze the electric transportation economy. The panel included senior officials from ZETA Member and event sponsor ABB and other electric vehicle (EV) stakeholders, including Volkswagen, the New York Power Authority, and PACCAR.
The industry panel was featured in ABB Formula E’s event, “Driving the Electric Transportation Economy: Conversations on government policies and investment in e-mobility in the U.S.,” which preceded last weekend’s ABB Formula E race in Brooklyn. In addition to the industry panel, this virtual event featured Secretary of Energy Jennifer Granholm, Representative Paul Tonko (D-NY-20), and Formula E driver Sebastien Buemi.
“EVs are undoubtedly the defining product of the new automotive economy, and the United States has a once-in-a-generation opportunity to reclaim our global automotive leadership to the benefit of both American workers and consumers,” said Britton as he introduced the panel’s discussion topic. “The choice we face is clear – we can either cultivate an advanced vehicle sector, which will be on display this weekend with Formula E, or we can cede this economic opportunity to others.”
“We need to take an all-hands-on-deck approach to ensure the e-mobility economy is distributed equitably to all Americans, and that's how we will be successful in the long run,” urged Asaf Nagler, ABB’s U.S. Senior Director of Government Relations.
“Implementing the right federal policies is paramount,” Britton added. “By expanding consumer incentives and investing in domestic manufacturing, the federal government can choose to support an ascendant EV market, which will in turn boost American economic competitiveness, create good-paying jobs, and protect public health and the environment.”
A video clip of the entire event is available here, courtesy of ABB. ZETA will continue to advocate for federal policies that will enable 100% EV sales by 2030; these policies are highlighted in ZETA’s policy platform.
The Zero Emission Transportation Association (ZETA) is a federal coalition focused on advocating for 100% EV sales by 2030. ZETA is committed to enacting policies that drive EV adoption, create hundreds of thousands of jobs, secure American global EV manufacturing dominance, drastically improve public health, and significantly reduce carbon pollution.