Tesla, Rivian, Lucid and Others Form First EV Lobbying Group

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A swift move to sustainable transportation would not only be prudent and timely, but it is also well-underway. And with a brand new lobbying group working to push the world forward towards zero-emissions cars, the move may happen even faster than previously expected.

A number of companies including Tesla, Uber, Rivian, and Lucid Motors have now teamed up to create the Zero Emission Transportation Association (ZETA), an ambitious electric vehicle (EV) lobbying group which plans to make 100% of new car sales EVs by 2030, as reported by The Verge.

With California plans to eliminate new gas car sales by 2035, and similar talks from New Jersey and elsewhere, ZETA will likely find some support with states that are already planning similar initiatives. However, California’s ban was previously the most ambitious related legislation as of yet, and with ZETA now in place and shooting for a zero-emissions goal 5 years earlier, it will be interesting to see how states respond.

President-elect Joe Biden plans to create 1 million new auto jobs, in hopes to “position [the US] to be the global leader in the manufacture of electric vehicles and their input materials and parts.” He also supports similar initiatives like swapping combustion engine vehicles for the federal government’s fleet, and the Senate Democrats’ “cash-for-clunkers” plan, which seeks to make every vehicle on the road zero-emission by 2040.

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