ABB and dozens of electrification and climate change champions joined U.S. Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg and White House National Climate Advisor Gina McCarthy at the U.S. Department of Transportation in Washington, D.C. to showcase the future of American mobility. Leaders from across the transportation industry were united in their support for increasing federal funding for transportation electrification in the United States in order to deliver cost savings to all Americans, reduce emissions, and grow the economy.
The event, organized by the Electrification Coalition, Plug In America and Chispa showcased the expanding availability of electric cars, trucks, buses and fast-charging equipment including 18 different EV models from mopeds to garbage trucks. ABB’s Terra All-in-One DC Fast Charger, which can charge a vehicle in as little as 15 minutes and can charge two vehicles at the same time, was featured prominently.
“In the president’s historic bipartisan infrastructure legislation making its way through Congress right now, we have an opportunity to modernize our infrastructure and reduce emissions and pollution in our system, including building out a network of 500,000 electric vehicle chargers, like those you see behind us, all over the country,” said Secretary Buttigieg, who toured the vehicles and charging equipment with McCarthy.
“One of the key pieces of President Biden’s Build Back Better agenda is supercharging America’s ability to get more EVs on the road, to make them affordable for families and for businesses and to install charging stations all across the country so that people know they can get where they want to go and back again,” McCarthy said.
The Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act, will make historic investments in cleaner transportation, reduce our carbon footprint, and create good-paying green jobs. Specific programs that ABB is well positioned to help implement include:
- $7.5 billion investment to build out the first-ever national network of EV chargers to accelerate the adoption of EVs
- $5 billion towards zero emission and clean buses
- $2.5 billion investment in zero-emission ferries, plus a $250 million pilot program for the purchase of electric or low-emitting ferries and to electrify existing ferries.
“ABB is the world’s largest manufacturer of EV chargers and has been providing chargers to America’s public-charging networks, transit bus operators, and fleets for over a decade,” said Asaf Nagler, ABB’s Senior Director of Government Relations. “ABB is ready to help the U.S. meet its climate goals through our world-leading EV chargers and other innovative technologies. From utilities and industry to buildings and transportation, ABB and our 20,000 U.S. employees are accelerating the drive toward a more sustainable future across the U.S.”
“Our transportation system’s overwhelming dependence on oil creates serious risks for our national security, economic prosperity, climate and public health,” said Ben Prochazka, executive director of the Electrification Coalition. “Electric vehicles are our best solution, and federal policymakers play a crucial role in helping us realize this transition. As manufacturers showed today, the vehicles and charging equipment have arrived, and this is the best mobility technology available. We now urgently need policymakers to accelerate the market by taking action through strong funding and incentives.”
As the leading manufacturer of EV chargers in the world, ABB welcomes the opportunity to support America’s plan for reducing carbon emissions by increasing accessibility to chargers across the country. Equipped with the right experience and technologies, ABB is ready to help the U.S. build a better, more sustainable future, all while creating good-paying jobs and smarter infrastructure.