EDTA Announces Action Plan to Drive Electric Vehicles Forward

EDTA plan details the policies that the U.S. needs to keep advancing electric-drive vehicle technology.

Published: 24-Jan-2011

Washington, DC -- As the next wave of electric drive vehicles becomes available to consumers, the Electric Drive Transportation Association (EDTA), the collective voice of the electric drive industry, today outlined the critical next-step policies to speed vehicle adoption and expand infrastructure deployment, which will benefit our economy, our national security and our environment.

Key strides in policy have accompanied recent historic industry accomplishments in electric vehicle technology, manufacturing and deployment. In its 2011 plan, Driving Forward: An Action Plan for the Electric Drive Era, EDTA identifies a comprehensive strategy for building upon these important gains to accelerate the growth of hybrid, plug-in, battery and fuel cell vehicles in the U.S. through dynamic public-private sector collaboration.

“The nation is at an energy policy crossroads. Electric drive technologies – those available today and those on the horizon – can help the U.S. increase its energy security, spend more of its energy dollars domestically, expand competitiveness and create jobs – while creating a healthier environment, “ said EDTA President Brian Wynne. “The policies we are recommending will accelerate the opening of the electric drive era and ensure U.S. leadership in the effort.”

EDTA’s next-step policy recommendations will:

- Reduce market hurdles to speed deployment of electric drive vehicles;

- Educate consumers, communities and stakeholders about these new vehicles and charging options;

- Ensure U.S. leadership in electric drive manufacturing;

- Standardize regulatory policies for electric drive vehicles and infrastructure; and

- Accelerate technology breakthroughs.

To expand adoption of electric drive vehicles, EDTA is specifically recommending policies that will grow the vehicle and infrastructure market, including innovative approaches to get more vehicles on the road and in public and private fleets.

Federal policies that reduce initial cost hurdles will help consumers to acquire electric drive vehicles. They also help manufacturers reach economies of scale in vehicle and component production, which will drive down costs.

The EDTA plan details the policies that the U.S. needs to keep advancing the technology and building on the strong competitive position it holds in manufacturing electric drive vehicles, components and charging station infrastructure. These industries are already creating new jobs and businesses in the U.S. and have the potential for meaningful growth.

EDTA is also calling for greater coordination between regulators, technology leaders and other stakeholders to ensure that the electric drive policies and projects in development incorporate the best understanding of where the technology is headed and what states and localities need to maximize its benefits.

For more details and to view the complete 2011 action plan, please visit www.electricdrive.org

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