Alaska Electric Vehicle Association joins Broad Coalition of Industry, Local Government and Environmental Groups to Support Electric Vehicles and Freedom from Oil
July 7, 2011
July 7, 2011
Anchorage, AK – Today the Alaska Electric Vehicle Association (AkEVA) joined more than 180 local and national companies and organizations to show their support for plug-in electric vehicle (EV) policies and infrastructure –demonstrating the groundswell of support in all regions of the country for EV innovation and the types of policies needed to make it successful.
In a joint statement http://www.sierraclub.org/electric-vehicles/downloads/ev_field_signon_statement.pdf , AkEVA called for strong programs on the national, state and local levels to put more plug-in electric vehicles on the road and create more American jobs, less pollution and greater energy security.
“We are at a tipping point where a looming energy crisis is bringing about current innovation in the field of electric transportation. Electric vehicles are not new however, nor are they an immature technology. The only thing that has held them back from becoming wide spread is market conditions related to relatively inexpensive petroleum fuels. Folks are starting to see the economic and environmental benefits to driving electric vehicles and we as a nation should encourage their use” quote from Mike Willmon, President, AkEVA.
The Alaska Chapter of the Electric Auto Association was organized to:
* Promote Electric Powered Transportation from scooters, bikes, buggies, ATV’s, street registered cars & trucks and racing vehicles.
* Organize Events to increase public awareness and to interest Alaska students in Engineering & Design of the future of transportation.
* Act as a User Group / Support Group for those looking to either build or buy an electric vehicle in Alaska.
*The best place to start research on Electric Vehicles is on the Electric Auto Association Website at http://www.eaaev.org/
Join the AkEVA group at http://autos.groups.yahoo.com/group/AlaskaEVA/ to stay in touch with our local efforts to bring EV’s into public view.
“Whether they are automakers, smart grid technology companies, electrical workers, environmentalists or just ordinary consumers, Americans are clamoring for electric vehicles,” said Michael Brune, Executive Director of the Sierra Club. “By ensuring a strong standard of at least 60 miles per gallon for cars and small trucks in 2025, we will be able to make the switch to electric vehicles sooner, reducing dangerous pollution significantly and helping to break our nation’s dangerous addiction to oil.”
The groups laid out in the statement recommendations for building a robust national EV program, including the following:
1. Expand national, regional, and local efforts such as EV charging stations and infrastructure to support electric vehicles in communities.
2. Remove unnecessary bureaucratic and market obstacles to vehicle electrification nationwide through a variety of policies that
· bolster nationwide installation of and access to basic charging infrastructure, both at people’s homes and in public places;
· incentivize the purchase of electric vehicles and EV charging equipment and streamline the permitting application process for EV charging equipment;
· educate the public about the benefits of EVs and the costs, opportunities, and logistical considerations involved with EV charging infrastructure;
· ensure appropriate training for workers installing EV charging equipment and for first responders;
· encourage utilities to provide attractive rates and programs for EV owners and increase off-peak charging;
· assist in deployment of clean energy, efficiency, and energy management technologies jointly with vehicle charging; and
· accelerate advanced battery cost reduction by boosting EV use in fleets, in second use, and in stationary applications.
3. Ensure U.S. leadership in manufacturing of EVs, batteries and components, and creating good American jobs.
Contact: Mike Willmon, 360-561-5180