Companies launch coalition to promote EVs

Source: By David Ferris, E&E News reporter • Posted: Thursday, January 14, 2021

A new coalition of transportation and automotive companies has formed to advocate for policies to aid the spread of electric vehicles.

The Electrification Coalition Business Council (ECBC) includes traditional automakers General Motors Co., Ford Motor Co. and Kia Motors Corp., all of which have EVs coming to market.

The membership also encompasses new electric automakers Rivian and Arrival Ltd., but not Tesla Inc. Other members include electric bus maker Proterra, charging providers Amply Power Inc. and EVgo, engineering firms AECOM and Parsons Corp., ride-hailing giant Uber Technologies Inc., and delivery leader FedEx Corp.

The council was unveiled yesterday by the Electrification Coalition, which is a nonprofit that advocates for EVs. The ECBC is an arm of that group.

Ben Prochazka, the Electrification Coalition’s national director, described the ECBC’s membership as “people who put things on the road alongside people who charge things that are going on the road.”

The group’s goals include expanding the $7,500 tax credit that car buyers receive for buying EVs, as well as extending a $30,000 tax credit for organizations that install EV charging stations.

It is also looking to find funding for transit agencies and school districts to buy electric buses and to finance charging infrastructure.

The coalition will advocate at the city, federal and state level.

The ECBC is similar to another group, the Zero Emission Transportation Association (ZETA), which was formed in November.

ZETA has a wider slate of members, including electric utilities and mining companies. But the ECBC is different in that its membership roll includes traditional auto manufacturers.

The two groups generally align on their legislative goals (Energywire, Jan. 13).