A shift to electric transportation will reduce the economic, national security, and emissions impacts that stem from America’s dependence on oil. Widespread adoption of electric vehicles will create new jobs, reap financial savings for consumers and fleet operators, improve air quality, and reduce greenhouse gas emissions.
The Biden-Harris Administration and 117th Congress have a critical opportunity to establish U.S. leadership in electric transportation and to maintain our global competitiveness in the automotive industry by enacting key policies that will accelerate EV manufacturing and sales. The Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act (already signed by the president) and the Build Back Better Act (awaiting approval in the U.S. Senate) both contain provisions that are essential to a successful transition to EVs.
The Electrification Coalition supports the enactment of critical federal policies supported by four core pillars:
Tax credits for all vehicle types (light-, medium-, and heavy duty) will continue to spur market growth by reducing the early higher upfront costs of EVs and providing important signals to manufacturers, consumers, and fleet operators that the United States is prioritizing an electric transportation future.
Lift the cap of the Section 30D federal EV tax credit to work for more consumers, public- and private-sector fleet operators, and all manufacturers.
Medium- and heavy-duty (MHD) vehicles, such as trucks and buses, make up a quarter of all transportation emissions. This leads to poor air quality, especially in low-income communities and communities of color. EVs, which have zero tailpipe emissions, will reduce these negative impacts, drastically cut oil consumption, and can support U.S. manufacturing.
Create a new credit for buyers of used EVs, providing more options to low- and middle-income consumers.
Consumers and fleet operators need adequate access to EV charging infrastructure, lack of which is currently a barrier to greater EV adoption.
Extend the Section 30C Alternative Fuel Vehicle Refueling Property Credit out to 2025, increase the cap of $30,000 allowed per project, and allow the credit to be applicable to each station, not the “project,” which could include multiple stations.
Enable commercialization of rest stops along interstate highways: Allow for EV charging stations to be defined as allowable commercial activity at rest stops.
The United States government can lead by example by electrifying the federal fleet, including the U.S. Postal Service vehicles. The EC supports a bold allocation of funding for federal fleet electrification, including USPS fleet electrification.
The 48C Advanced Energy Manufacturing Tax Credit should be updated to help manufacturers and other industrial users to retool, expand, or build new facilities.
The EC’s National Director, Ben Prochazka, delivered testimony for EVs, EV infrastructure, and advancing the future of electric mobility before the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee in 2019.
Amy Malaki is the Director of Partnerships and Policy at SkyNRG and SkyNRG Americas, pioneering global leaders in sustainable aviation fuel production and supply. Prior to SkyNRG, Amy was the Associate Director for the transportation portfolio at the ClimateWorks Foundation where she developed philanthropic investment strategies to advance a sustainable, equitable and low-carbon mobility system. She also pioneered the organization’s international aviation decarbonization strategy. Prior to that she focused on Asia business development at Better Place, a Silicon Valley electric vehicle network startup. She has a B.A. in Chinese and China studies from the University of Washington and an M.A. in international policy studies (energy and environment) from Stanford University.