For Immediate Release
Ellen Carey
Director of Media Relations
direct: 202.461.2382
January 23, 2012

The Larger Story on EVs: Reducing Oil Dependence

WASHINGTON – Robbie Diamond, President and CEO of Securing America’s Future Energy (SAFE) and the Electrification Coalition welcomed the news that the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) concluded its recent investigation into post-crash fire risks, and urged policymakers to stay focused on the potential for plug-in electric vehicles to help dramatically reduce the nation’s oil dependence:

“I applaud the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s (NHTSA) quick investigation and resolution regarding the post-crash fire risks of Chevy Volts. On January 20, NHTSA found ‘no discernible defect trend exists’ regarding the safety of the Volt’s battery when involved in serious test-crashes.

“We shouldn’t let the headlines of today deter us from the bigger story of reducing our nation’s oil dependence. While there are going to be twists and turns regarding this new technology, one need only look at Iran’s recent threats to close the Strait of Hormuz to recognize that the costs of our oil dependence require a sustained long-term commitment.

“Electrification is the most prudent way to wean our transportation system from oil. Electricity is diverse, domestic, stable in price, and has an existing infrastructure. Its ability to be produced using different fuels—natural gas, nuclear, coal, hydroelectric, wind, solar, or geothermal—increases the flexibility of an electrified light-duty vehicle fleet. By shifting our transportation system toward electrification, no one fuel source—or producer—would be able to hold our economy hostage the way a single nation can disrupt the flow of oil today.

“With increased attention and oversight being paid to electric vehicles, it is essential for our nation’s economic and national security future that electrification plans move forward.”

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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