A new joint report from the Bipartisan Policy Center, SAFE, and the Electrification Coalition (EC), Commercial Goods Transport: Widening the Road to Electrification, makes the case that medium- and heavy-duty (MHD) commercial vehicle electrification should be a key policy priority for the transportation sector as it embarks on its most important shift since the invention of the internal combustion engine itself: the transition from a gasoline and diesel past to an electric future.
Congress has an opportunity to put the United States in the lead by creating a pathway for the expedited electrification of commercial goods transport. By providing the incentives necessary to accelerate demand for electrified trucks, the United States can more quickly and effectively achieve the goals of creating more automotive and truck industry jobs, competing with other nations on a global scale, building out domestic supply chains while meaningfully reducing emissions. The 2020s will be a crucial decade for electric vehicle (EV) technology and supply chain maturation, and any strategy should include a focus on the movement of goods, from freight to last-mile delivery vehicles.
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About the Electrification Coalition: The Electrification Coalition is a nonpartisan, nonprofit organization committed to policies and actions that facilitate widespread deployment and adoption of plug-in electric vehicles (EVs) to combat the economic, public health, and national security threats posed by America’s dependence on oil. For more information, visit electrificationcoalition.org.