Auto Trade Groups Seek Green Infrastructure
April 1, 2021—In a letter to President Biden and congressional leaders, the Motor and Equipment Manufacturers Association (MEMA), the Alliance for Automotive Innovation (Auto Innovators) and the United Auto Workers (UAW) affirmed their commitment to a net-zero carbon transportation future.
The group of organizations sent a letter to Biden on Monday asking that his infrastructure plan include several new or expanded tax credits to encourage the purchase of vehicles, increased building of charging stations and funding for research and development for plants where alternative vehicles would be built.
The letter also said automakers have already begun investments into electric, electric-hybrid and other alternative fueled vehicles that could reach $250 billion by 2023, with the number electric vehicles (EVs) on the market tripling by 2026.
“We are committed to work with the administration and other industry stakeholders to develop a holistic and comprehensive strategy for the future,” Bill Long, President and CEO, MEMA, said in a statement. “The policies that are put in place must consider both our current and future state to effectuate the future of our nation’s economy, workforce, environmental footprint and transportation infrastructure.”
Biden is expected to outline his infrastructure plans on Wednesday, according to a Detroit Free Press report.