After years of resisting the idea of phasing out gas-powered vehicles, the auto industry has made it clear that it will embrace President Joe Biden’s plan to achieve net-zero carbon transportation, largely by increasing the transition to electric vehicles.
The Alliance for Automotive Innovation (AAI), Washington, D.C., said in a statement that, “The U.S. auto industry is aligned with the Biden administration’s goals to achieve net-zero carbon transportation and an accelerated shift to electric-drive vehicles, and is committed to working with the administration on a revised national program that includes California, brings all automakers under a unified set of common requirements, and ensures a level, competitive playing field.”
The AAI was formed in 2020 by a joint effort of the Association of Global Automakers and the Alliance of Automobile Manufacturers, both also based in Washington, D.C., and represents companies that manufacture almost 99% of automobiles and light trucks in the United States, along with original equipment suppliers, technology companies and other automotive-related value chain partners.
The new impetus is sure to substantially increase the demand for electric vehicle charging stations—in homeowners’ garages, in workplace parking lots, in communities and along highways across the nation.
“What unites our industry in pursuing a revised national program is a simple premise—a resolution that has the support of all stakeholders could set the industry on an accelerated path for reducing GHG [greenhouse gas] emissions, build a robust market for electric vehicles, and resolve on-going litigation,” said John Bozzella, president and CEO of the AAI. “Addressing such near-term issues will provide regulatory clarity, advance our shared environmental goals, and lay the foundation for future efforts.”
By 2023, according to the AAI’s statement, the industry plans to invest $250 billion in vehicle electrification.
“Today’s announcement underscores the industry’s goal of initiating a discussion with the administration on a new framework to reestablish a national program for automobile GHG emissions,” the statement added.