Electrification Coalition Applauds Biden Administration for Moving Forward on Fuel Economy Standards

Aug. 6, 2021

Electrification Coalition Applauds Biden Administration for Moving Forward on Fuel Economy Standards

Washington, D.C.— In response to President Biden’s announcement that the U.S. EPA will require automakers to achieve an average fuel economy of 52 miles per gallon by 2026 for passenger vehicles sold in the United States, Electrification Coalition Executive Director Ben Prochazka made the following statement:

“Today the White House took yet another step to reduce U.S. oil dependency in the transportation sector by restoring strong fuel economy standards. The updated standards for passenger vehicles will serve as an important springboard for the transformation of American transportation and U.S. competitiveness in the auto industry.

“We applaud the president for announcing his intentions to set even stronger fuel economy requirements beyond 2026, creating market certainty and federal leadership that paves the way to full electrification of the U.S. transportation sector. The near-term requirements, paired with a commitment for longer-term progress, demonstrate new resolve to rid ourselves of oil’s monopoly on our transportation sector.

“We are encouraged that the Biden Administration has indicated that it will also turn its attention to greenhouse gas emissions and fuel economy for medium- and heavy-duty vehicles, taking a holistic approach to transportation emissions and oil consumption in the United States. Progress in these sectors would build a foundation for full electrification of trucks and buses on American roads.

“We applaud the Biden Administration for recognizing the need for federal agencies to seek input from a diverse range of stakeholders, including representatives from labor unions, states, industry, social equity organizations, and public health experts, acknowledging and incorporating the expertise of those who have already been leading the way toward the electrification of transportation.”

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About the Electrification Coalition: The Electrification Coalition is a nonpartisan, not-for-profit organization that promotes policies and actions to facilitate the deployment of plug-in electric vehicles (EVs) on a mass scale in order to reduce the economic, public health and national security risks caused by America’s dependence on oil. For more information, visit electrificationcoalition.org.

Amy Malaki

Amy Malaki is the Director of Partnerships and Policy at SkyNRG and SkyNRG Americas, pioneering global leaders in sustainable aviation fuel production and supply. Prior to SkyNRG, Amy was the Associate Director for the transportation portfolio at the ClimateWorks Foundation where she developed philanthropic investment strategies to advance a sustainable, equitable and low-carbon mobility system. She also pioneered the organization’s international aviation decarbonization strategy. Prior to that she focused on Asia business development at Better Place, a Silicon Valley electric vehicle network startup. She has a B.A. in Chinese and China studies from the University of Washington and an M.A. in international policy studies (energy and environment) from Stanford University.