Car manufacturers are among a group of more than 50 businesses, environmentalists, clean air campaigners and consumer advocates to reveal a new national vision for a clean, modern, and electrified future of mobility.
The groundbreaking Transportation Electrification Accord is a first-of-its-kind roadmap to support a shared vision for an equitable and prosperous electrified transportation future.
The Accord is to provide guidance on how America’s utilities can successfully help overcome barriers to transportation electrification and encourage customers to go electric.
The Coalition includes businesses such as General Motors, Siemens, NRDC, and Advanced Energy Economy.
The diversity reflects the broad support that transportation electrification enjoys from automakers, bus manufacturers, to electric utilities, EV charging companies, and environmental groups.
To accelerate the transition to zero-emission transportation, these stakeholders need to develop solutions to overcome barriers to transportation electrification. This commitment is reflected in the Accord.
“The Accord lays out the essential building blocks for a compelling energy infrastructure that we can all rely on for decades to come,” said Britta Gross, director, General Motors Advanced Vehicle Commercialization Policy.
“Innovations in transportation electrification will benefit society as a whole – and cross-industry, multi-stakeholder cooperation is key.”
Signers, who include General Motors, Honda, Proterra, Exelon, NationalGrid, PG&E, Siemens, Consumer Federation of America, Ceres, Forth, Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC), Plug In America, Sierra Club and many more, are committing to support the evolution of electric mobility and the development of programs to accelerate it – all while stimulating innovation and competition in the marketplace.
“It’s clear that the future of transportation will be electric,” said Christopher Budzynski, director of utility strategy, Exelon Utilities. “The Accord provides a baseline from which utility regulators can support growing demand for affordable, electrified transport.
“Our signature on the Accord is a promise to meet that demand through greater grid efficiency and reduced air pollution in a way that benefits all communities.”
The Accord outlines how transportation electrification can be advanced by policymakers, public utility commissions and local and state governments in a manner that benefits utility customers and all forms of transportation.
Said Jack Gillis, incoming executive director, Consumer Federation of America: “Transportation electrification is new to consumers, society and many policymakers.
“The Accord gets us all on the same page about what we want the future of transportation electrification to look like and help ensure that this growing trend benefits all consumers.”