The US Department of Energy (DOE) and US Department of Transportation (DOT) Joint Office of Energy and Transportation (Joint Office) announced the members of the Electric Vehicle Working Group (EVWG), a collection of EV industry experts and leaders who will help guide the widespread adoption of EVs across the country.
The EVWG, which will make recommendations directly to the secretaries of Energy and Transportation, includes experts with experience and knowledge across the entire EV ecosystem, including manufacturers of vehicles, components, and batteries; public utility representatives; local and regional elected officials; state energy planners; and labor officials representing transportation industry workers.
The committee also includes leadership from the US departments of Energy and Transportation, the US Environmental Protection Agency, the Council on Environmental Quality, the US General Services Administration, and the US Postal Service.
Areas of focus for the group will include facilitating the adoption of electric vehicles among low- and moderate-income individuals and underserved communities; assessing the costs of vehicle and EV battery manufacturing and shortages of raw materials for batteries; identifying charging infrastructure, grid capacity, and EV cybersecurity needs; addressing grid capacity and integration; and identifying charging infrastructure regulatory issues.
New plug-in EV sales have reached nearly 10% of the US light-duty market as of early 2023, with more than 3.4 million vehicles sold since 2010. Nearly 100 different EV models are already available in the US market—including sedans, SUVs, trucks, vans, and sports cars—with many more expected in coming years.
The Joint Office was created through the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law (BIL) to facilitate collaboration between the US Department of Energy and the U.S. Department of Transportation in their efforts to deploy a national network of electric vehicle chargers, zero-emission fueling infrastructure, and zero-emission transit and school buses.