For Immediate Release
Ellen Carey
Director of Media Relations
direct: 202.461.2382
November 4, 2011

EC Praises Merkley on Electric Charging Station Bill

WASHINGTON – The Electrification Coalition (EC)—a nonpartisan, not-for-profit group of business leaders committed to reducing oil dependence through the deployment of electric vehicles on a mass scale—praised legislation introduced by Senator Jeff Merkley (D-OR) today that would allow states to use existing transportation funding to install electric vehicle chargers at public park-and-ride facilities.

“Electric vehicle charging stations are a key part of the electric car infrastructure that will help the U.S. move away from its oil dependence,” said Robbie Diamond, President and CEO of the EC. “The bill allows states to help facilitate and accelerate this infrastructure deployment, and it complements the bipartisan legislation that Senator Merkley introduced earlier this year with Senator Lamar Alexander (R-TN) known as ‘The Promoting Electric Vehicles Act.’ To improve the nation’s economic and national security, electric vehicles need to move beyond a niche product and come to market in a scale and timeframe that will dramatically reduce oil consumption in the transportation sector, and I applaud Senator Merkley for his leadership on this critical issue.”

About Deployment Communities and the Electrification Coalition

The Electrification Coalition, launched in November 2009, is committed to promoting policies and actions that facilitate the deployment of electric vehicles on a mass scale in order to combat the economic and national security threats posed by our nation’s dependence on petroleum. The EC’s 2009 Electrification Roadmap proposed a set of policies in which geographic areas would compete to be selected as electrification deployment communities, in which targeted, temporary financial incentives are employed so that all of the elements of an electrified transportation system are deployed simultaneously.

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“Look at it this way: If 75 percent of the miles traveled by 2040 are not electric miles, how many internal-combustion cars will we then have, how many gallons of oil will we then be consuming and how much money will we then be shipping overseas, year after year, to pay for that gasoline?”

Steven Heller
Executive Chairman, CODA Automotive
NY Times, November 16, 2009