The electric car industry now has its own lobbying group – By Andrew J. Hawkins (The Verge) / Nov 17 2020
Tesla, Uber, Rivian, and others have formed the Zero Emissions Transportation Association
Tesla, Uber, Rivian, Lucid Motors, and others have joined forces to create a new lobbying group for electric vehicles on Capitol Hill. The group, which is called the Zero Emission Transportation Association (ZETA), says its mission is that 100 percent of new car sales are electric by 2030.
Some states are already moving in that direction. California recently announced its plans to ban the sale of combustion-engine vehicles by 2035. New Jersey has said it is interested in doing the same. However, the new industry group won’t push states to require its residents to only purchase EVs, but rather it supports policies to incentivize their sale.
One of its five missions outlined in its announcement is “point-of-sale consumer incentives.” In other words, the group will likely push for the extension of the federal government’s $7,500 federal tax credit for new EV purchases. The tax credit was created under President Barack Obama in 2009.
ZETA will also push for infrastructure improvements, such as EV charging stations, and emissions standards to help push more customers to electric cars. The group supports policies that help electric vehicle manufacturers scale their operations.