The likes of Tesla and Uber, among other major U.S. utilities, plan to launch a lobbying group. Its purpose will be to advocate for national policies that will promote the sales of electric vehicles. The new Zero Emission Transportation Association aims to discourage gasoline-powered vehicles and also improve consumer electric vehicle incentives. Equally important, it plans to lobby for more strict standards on emissions and performance. Consequently, full electrification would be realizable by 2030. 

During the reign of President Donald Trump, electric vehicles’ new tax credits faced rejection from the White House. Reasons being that it advocated for the end of existing credit that would see many people sell their gas-guzzling cars.

On the other hand, President-elect Joe Biden has promised a new tax incentive. Other promises include a rapid expansion of electric vehicle charging stations and rebates towards buying electric cars. It’s music to automakers’ ears who have advocated for that for a long time.

According to Biden, the United States can own the electric vehicle market. One way of achieving that is to build 550,000 charging stations, thus creating more than a million jobs locally. The government should also increase its investment in clean energy research. That’s is no different from what the lobbying group wants: to see the government invest more in the charging infrastructure to reach 100% by 2030.

According to Dara Khosrowshahi, Uber Chief Executive, the group could help the company achieve EV rides only in the United States, Europe, and Canada by 2030. As of 2040, Uber wants to have achieved full zero-emissions. That will be its contribution towards controlling climate change, which is at the moment everyone’s priority.

In 2019, EVs contributed about 2% towards the U.S. annual auto sales since the automakers sold up to 326 000 electric vehicles. Out of that, 60% were from Tesla. That shows why it is among the advocates. Others include PG&E, Duke Energy, and ConEdison. As for EV charging companies, EVgo and Chargepoint are members. Upcoming automakers such as Lucid Motors, Rivian, and Lordstown Motors are part of it. The largest electric vehicle lithium producer globally, Albemarle Corp, Siemens, and Piedmont Lithium, are also in the mix.

The future is bright considering efforts by Gavin Newson, the Governor of California. This state plans to have eliminated the sale of new passengers’ cars and gasoline-powered trucks by 2035. It aimed to minimize greenhouse gas emissions and, at the same time, boost the transition to electric vehicles. Its great contribution towards the U.S auto market of around 11% means that the move could change many things. In addition to that, other states are following their footsteps.

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