Fourteen leading automotive, mobility and manufacturing leaders say Congress is on target to protect American jobs and improve energy security
WASHINGTON – A group of 14 industry leaders issued a letter to members of Congress Wednesday, applauding legislators for their proposals to accelerate electric vehicle adoption and charging infrastructure development. They offered their enthusiastic support for proposed transportation electrification measures contained in the House reconciliation package and said the investments would allow the United States to maintain global competitiveness in the auto industry and to unlock all the benefits of reducing our transportation system’s dependence on oil.
“The transition to electric vehicles is happening, and proposals advanced this week, like the expansion of the 30C tax credit, will accelerate the deployment of electric vehicle charging infrastructure,” said EVgo Chief Commercial Officer Jonathan Levy. “EVgo applauds the reconciliation bill’s focus on complementary policies to grow EV infrastructure investments and vehicles sales, both of which are critical to accelerating the decarbonization of the transportation sector in a sustainable and equitable way.”
The letter was signed by ADS-TEC Energy, Amply, Arrival, Cox Automotive, the Electrification Coalition, EVgo, Highland Electric Fleets, Lion Electric, Mack Trucks, Nuvve, Proterra, Rhombus Energy Solutions, Rivian, Roush CleanTech and Volvo Trucks.
“As a company that’s laser-focused on municipal fleet electrification, we believe that the transportation electrification measures in the reconciliation package represent a critical and timely national investment that will pay dividends in the form of job growth, health improvements, pollution reduction and enhanced security,” said Matt Stanberry, managing director of Highland Electric Fleets.
The letter’s signatories support the inclusion of robust incentives, manufacturing support and funding within the reconciliation package to build on the down payment contained in the bipartisan Investment and Jobs Act.
The group of businesses called out the following policies as important measures contained in the bill text:
- Ways & Means Committee: A new commercial EV tax credit of 30% of the vehicle cost, a long-term extension of the 30C Alternative Fuel Infrastructure Tax Credit, a new used-EV tax credit, and the revival of the 48C Advanced Manufacturing Tax Credit.
- Energy & Commerce Committee: A potential $52.5 billion for EVs, EV charging infrastructure, and the buildout of the American manufacturing and supply chain for EVs, including $5 billion for replacement of Classes 6 and 7 conventional heavy-duty vehicles with EVs through a new grant program at EPA. The group of business leaders strongly encourage the inclusion of Class 8 vehicles in this program.
- Oversight & Reform Committee: $7.4 billion to electrify the federal fleet, including the U.S. Postal Service.
- Transportation & Infrastructure Committee: Community Climate Incentive Grants program, which includes grants for electric transit projects, and potential funding for zero-emission buses through the Affordable Housing Access Program.
“Arrival commends the efforts of the House committees to accelerate the adoption of clean, electric vehicles through the Build Back Better Act,” said Arrival Vice President of Public Policy Richard Colley. “This represents a significant step to address the urgent climate crisis and aligns with Arrival’s mission to improve air quality by replacing all vehicles with affordable electric solutions.”
“ADS-TEC Energy’s vision is to accelerate the intelligent transition to an all-electric world,” ADS-TEC Energy CEO Thomas Speidel said. “The United States should be a leader in this transition, and we are excited as a new entrant to be able to provide real solutions, like battery buffered ultra-fast charging, that address the current bottlenecks to EV charging in minutes instead of hours, even on power-limited grids. The policy and advocacy initiatives of the Electrification Coalition are important because they bring all the stakeholders to the table to rally around the deployment of real initiatives that can deliver net zero emissions.”
About the Electrification Coalition: The Electrification Coalition is a nonpartisan, nonprofit organization that advances policies and actions to facilitate widespread deployment and adoption of electric vehicles to overcome the economic, public health, and national security threats that stem from America’s dependence on oil. We work with a variety of stakeholders that represent the entire electrified transportation value chain.
Contact: Julie Sutor, Communications Director, Electrification Coalition