Federal Leadership

ZETA Insights: Electric Vehicles Are Here to Stay. Now is the Time to Adopt this Technology

By Megha Lakhchaura, Director of Policy and Utility Programs, North America, EVBox Group

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February 11, 2021

This blog is part of a six-part series by contributing ZETA members that discusses the newly announced Policy Platform. 

The American electric vehicle (EV) sector is growing and domestic automakers are rapidly adding new models to the 50+ currently available. Consumers, manufacturers, and investors alike have good reason to be confident in this technology.

Securing federal support is key to maintaining this momentum and cultivating an advanced vehicle sector ready to create hundreds of thousands of jobs. With North American and global headquarters in Libertyville, Illinois and the Netherlands respectively, EVBox Group is in a prime position to leverage the EV deployment experience led by the European Union and its EV-friendly policies (e.g. charging infrastructure investments, consumer incentives, free parking and reduced tolls), many of which have been in place for years.

Forward-thinking policies helped accelerate European EV sales and put more than half a million EVs on the road. In Germany, sales increased three-fold, and in Norway, over 70 percent of all cars sold were electric – as Will Ferrell recently reminded us in General Motors’ well-received Super Bowl ad.  ZETA is setting an ambitious goal of achieving all-electric U.S. new car sales by 2030 – and we’ve seen that it can be done.

Policymakers don’t have to look far for examples. In the U.S., state-level policy innovation provides ample inspiration. California, New York, Massachusetts, and Colorado have invested in EV charging infrastructure through direct investment and utility programs. California and Massachusetts have gone further by requiring all-electric new car sales after 2035.

ZETA has offered U.S. federal policymakers a comprehensive Roadmap to 2030 Policy Platform to accelerate consumer EV growth. Expanding federal tax credits will further incentivize consumers and unleash adoption that is currently hampered by an artificial purchase limit imposed on American automakers. A tax credit for previously owned EVs will grow the secondary market and create avenues for individuals across all income levels to access the financial, public health, and user benefits of EV ownership. And by expanding federal charging infrastructure investments, we can further ensure that EVs are meeting every community’s needs.

We have confidence that 2021 will be a pivotal year for the American electric vehicle, and we are proud to be at the forefront of this transportation revolution. The right policies, adopted at the federal level, will propel this transformation forward and prepare American legislators to champion the domestic EV industry. The markets are excited for change, buyers are eager, and the political commitment to move this sector forward has never been stronger. It’s time to make an electrified transportation sector a reality.

ZETA’s Policy Platform is a six-part strategy to create jobs in every congressional district, secure American global EV manufacturing leadership, improve public health, and reduce carbon pollution. To read more about the Policy Platform, including specific recommendations, please follow this link.

About EVBox Group

Founded in 2010, EVBox Group empowers forward-thinking businesses to build a sustainable future by providing flexible and scalable electric vehicle charging solutions. With its extensive portfolio of commercial and ultra-fast EVBox charging stations, as well as scalable charging management software engineered by Everon, EVBox Group ensures that electric mobility is accessible to everyone.

EVBox Group is a leader in R&D, with facilities across Europe and North America developing groundbreaking electric vehicle charging technology. With offices across the globe, including Amsterdam, Bordeaux, Munich, and Chicago, and strong foundations in dozens of markets, EVBox Group is working to shape a sustainable future of transportation.

In 2021, EVBox Group will become a public company listed on the New York Stock Exchange via a business combination with TPG Pace Beneficial Finance (NYSE: TPGY) and initial investors BlackRock, Inclusive Capital, Neuberger Berman Funds, and Wellington Management.

About ZETA

ZETA brings together supporters of 100% electric vehicle sales by 2030. This diverse, non-partisan group coordinates public education efforts and federal policy development to promote EV adoption with the goal of creating American electric vehicle manufacturing jobs, increasing consumer choice, improving air quality and public health, and reducing carbon pollution.

About the Author

Megha Lakhchaura
Director of Policy and Utility Programs, North America
EVBox Group

Megha Lakhchaura is the Director of Policy and Utility Programs, North America at EVBox Group. Prior to joining EVBox, Megha was Policy Director at Sunrun Inc. and drove the market and regulatory policy in California. Megha was also with the California Public Utilities Commission for over seven years working on wholesale electricity market issues including power planning and procurement, Resource Adequacy, and Renewable Portfolio Standards. She has an MPP from the University of California Los Angeles.

About Us

The Zero Emission Transportation Association (ZETA) is a federal coalition focused on advocating for 100% EV sales by 2030. Enacting policies that drive EV adoption will create hundreds of thousands of jobs, secure American global EV manufacturing dominance, drastically improve public health, and significantly reduce carbon pollution.

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