FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: 11/19/2021
Washington, D.C. – The Zero Emission Transportation Association (ZETA) congratulates the U.S. House of Representatives for passing the Build Back Better Act. The House’s passage of the bill marks another crucial step in the path toward enacting the largest legislative effort in history to combat climate change. While the bill’s details will continue to be negotiated in the U.S. Senate, it is clear that among the bill’s strongest climate provisions will be tax incentives and emissions reduction policies designed to accelerate the deployment of electric vehicles (EVs) and EV charging infrastructure.
“Electrifying the transportation system will play a critical role in fighting climate change and improving public health,” said Joe Britton, the Executive Director of ZETA. “Transitioning to EVs will also create millions of good-paying jobs and inject billions of new dollars into local economies across the country."
As the final details are negotiated, ZETA urges Congress to achieve the greatest EV adoption—and, therefore, the greatest emissions reduction—possible. That will require expanding the 30D and 30C tax credits to incentivize EV consumer purchases and EV charging infrastructure installation, respectively. Congress should avoid limiting the EV consumer incentive with restrictions that hinder certain consumers, vehicles, or manufacturers from driving the public benefits of transportation-sector electrification. Finally, EV adoption is predicated on the expansion of the national EV charging network, so Congress must incentivize the build-out of charging infrastructure in all communities by expanding the 30C tax credit. Without key incentives to spur EV charging infrastructure installation, widespread EV adoption will be severely limited, particularly in the frontline and underserved communities that have the most to gain from vehicle electrification.
“The Senate has the chance to build on this momentum and pass the most universally accessible incentives possible, which will ensure that the public benefits of transportation electrification are delivered to all Americans,” said Britton.
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.