FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: 11/23/2021
Washington, D.C. – This month marks the one-year anniversary since the Zero Emission Transportation Association (ZETA) was launched. ZETA now includes 60 member companies that are all dedicated to achieving 100% electric vehicle (EV) sales by 2030. To celebrate its first anniversary, ZETA published its first annual report this morning. The report reflects on ZETA’s history, accomplishments, and plans for the future.
“ZETA was formed at a critical moment,” said Joe Britton, the Executive Director of ZETA. “With an economy in turmoil and the climate at a ‘code red’ status, ZETA coalesced in November 2020 to advocate for long-term solutions to both crises. Achieving 100% EV sales by 2030 will generate unprecedented consumer savings, create good-paying jobs across the country, boost public health, and combat climate change by slashing carbon emissions. Over the course of the past year, we have proved the value of having so many unique voices advocating in unison on the value of transportation electrification.”
ZETA has successfully worked with Congress to include EV-related provisions in the bipartisan infrastructure bill and the Build Back Better agenda. These included investments in bus electrification, creating grant programs to build out a national EV charger network, and expanding the tax credits that accelerate EV consumer adoption and charging deployment, among others. ZETA was also the leading voice in creating public opposition to the United States Postal Service’s misguided move to procure a new, 90% gas-powered delivery fleet. ZETA effectively fought back against efforts to impose misplaced and unfair federal EV taxes on light-duty consumer vehicles, which would deter consumers from driving the most fuel-efficient vehicles available, too. These important inflection points would not have been possible without ZETA’s dedicated work and industry expertise.
The coming months will be crucial. Congress just passed the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act, and it is gearing up to advance the next major plank of President Biden’s legislative agenda, the Build Back Better Act. In tandem, these bills stand to deliver tens of billions of dollars to incentivize EV consumer adoption, deploy EV charging infrastructure, electrify our federal vehicle and school bus fleets, and secure the EV battery supply chain. Following the passage of these bills, ZETA will work to ensure that the general public knows how to take advantage of these federal investments and will work with the Administration to effectively implement these programs.
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.