WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, the Zero Emission Transportation Association (ZETA) joined U.S. Department of Energy Secretary Jennifer Granholm and other clean energy coalition partners for a business leaders roundtable discussion explaining the economic impact of the clean energy industry. These business leaders highlighted the importance of passing President Biden’s clean energy agenda, which includes tax incentives that will accelerate the deployment of passenger electric vehicles, medium- and heavy-duty electric vehicles, and electric vehicle charging infrastructure.
“This clean energy movement is a triple win: It’s for our energy security, it’s for costs for real people, and it’s certainly for our economy because it is a $23 trillion market by 2030,” said Secretary Jennifer Granholm. “No country has ever been able to weaponize clean power, and ultimately moving in that direction is the greatest solution for us and our allies.”
"Today's clean energy leaders roundtable proves once again that clean energy equals jobs,” said Joe Britton, ZETA’s Executive Director. “In the electric vehicle industry, we can create two million good-paying American jobs, depending on how much the federal government invests in accelerating the adoption of EVs.”
“EVs drive dramatic cost savings for consumers, too—throughout much of the country, EV drivers pay 5 times less per mile than gas-powered vehicle drivers pay,” continued Britton. “Over the lifetimes of their vehicles, EV drivers save thousands of dollars that can instead go to food, childcare, rent, or retirement. That's why the federal government must pass President Biden's clean energy plan to make EVs accessible to all Americans."
ZETA sponsored this event along with Climate Power, Clean Energy for America, and Breakthrough Energy. ZETA members ABB and Arrival participated in the roundtable discussion.
Earlier this week, ZETA published a report that compares the cost of operating electric vehicles and gas-powered vehicles. The report shows that EVs are 3–5 times cheaper to drive per mile than gas-powered vehicles, and in several states, EVs are nearly 6 times cheaper to drive. This corroborates a new Consumer Reports analysis that EVs can save drivers up to $2,600 per year in operating and maintenance costs.
LINK to Livestream Recording HERE.
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 leadership, drastically improve public health, and significantly reduce carbon pollution.