National Charging Initiative

ZETA Insights: Why We Must Build the World of Tomorrow Through a Comprehensive National Charging Initiative

By Andy Daga, President & Chief Executive Officer at Momentum Dynamics

February 4, 2021

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

We stand today on the cusp of a transportation revolution, one unmatched by anything since Karl Benz first freed the world with his powered horseless carriages.  The advent of electric vehicles promises to advance personal and mass transportation in the most clean and efficient way yet invented. However, our momentum is in jeopardy if we do not strategically plan for how best to deliver the electronic fuel needed to support this rapidly growing fleet of vehicles.

We should define our charging needs by thinking in a fresh way about how our world can look, 10, 20 years from today, and not base our thinking on how the world looked 10, 20 or 30 years ago. 

A National Charging Initiative with its aim to hurdle the infrastructure obstacle is clearly needed.  It is simply essential.  An effective strategy should scope how much energy the EV revolution needs, where it needs it and when.  It should then catalyze the industry to solve technological problems through innovation. We can be smart and also inclusive of all solutions – whether that is plug-in, docking or wireless charging, as we move forward.

Concrete steps within a National Charging Initiative are outlined by ZETA’s Roadmap to 2030 Policy Platform, including federal investment in public EV charging infrastructure, the establishment of model building codes, and a variety of tweaks to existing policies to catapult charging upgrades forward – especially for frontline communities and medium- and heavy-duty vehicles.

We stand today on the cusp of a transport revolution.  Behind us, receding into the distance, are gasoline vehicles and the full-empty-full gasoline fueling model.  Ahead of us, is an almost blank vista.  We can paint on that vista any future picture we want, but as we stand today, the pencil lines of our future are already being sketched – and to me, they still look too much like the world we are leaving behind. 

As we advocate a National Charging Initiative, let’s be bold and brave and free from the shackles of our old thinking, so we can deliver those clean skies and at the same time deliver the clean streets that our children can enjoy.

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 Momentum Dynamics

Momentum Dynamics, located in Malvern, PA, is the global leader in high-power wireless charging for electric vehicles. The company practices world-class technology innovation and is recognized for the extraordinary accomplishments and unique expertise of its engineers and scientists. Momentum was recently named a winner of the 2019 Emerging Technology Award from Mechanical Engineering Magazine.

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
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Andy Daga
President & Chief Executive Officer
Momentum Dynamics

Andy is the founder, President and CEO of Momentum Dynamics. Andy’s fascinating story takes him from his birthplace of Brooklyn, NY, through Ithaca NY where his family developed the best Italian Restaurant in town through Hawaii, degrees in structural and civil engineering, architecture and space science and technology, ground-breaking work at NASA and his current role at Momentum Dynamics. Prior to founding Momentum Dynamics, Andy was a leading consultant to the aerospace industry and contributed to the design of the International Space Station solar power array system, the Mars Pathfinder program, and future mission planning studies with NASA and the US Department of Defense.

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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