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Unified Auto Industry Advocates for Comprehensive Strategy to Transition to a Net-zero Carbon Transportation Future

Date: March 30, 2021

In a letter to President Biden and congressional leaders, the Motor & Equipment Manufacturers Association (MEMA) and the Alliance for Automotive Innovation (Auto Innovators) affirmed their commitment toward a net-zero carbon transportation future that includes a shift to electric-drive vehicles.  The letter highlights the necessary conditions for success for the motor vehicle manufacturers and suppliers represented by the organizations. MEMA represents vehicle suppliers and more than 907,000 jobs in the United States.

“We are committed to work with the administration and other industry stakeholders to develop a holistic and comprehensive strategy for the future,” said Bill Long, President and CEO, MEMA. “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.”
 
The letter states that, for the U.S. to be a leader in this transformation, we must work collaboratively to develop a comprehensive national vision and strategy. This is not just about the future of the auto industry in the U.S.  It is about the nation’s global competitiveness, economic security, and the transition of the U.S. workforce. Nations that lead the development and adoption of innovative technologies will also shape supply chains and job creation, define global standards and reshape the international marketplace. However, neither the current trajectory of consumer adoption of EVs, nor existing levels of federal support for supply- and demand-side policies, is sufficient to meet our goal of a net-zero carbon transportation future.
 
To establish such a comprehensive strategy, the letter outlines three key areas that are critical to ensure success: 

  • Consumer Incentives and Awareness,
  • Charging and Refueling Infrastructure, and
  • Innovation, Manufacturing, and Supply Chain Security

Key aspects of the letter:

  • Automakers and suppliers will invest over $250 billion in electrification by 2023, including Plug-in Hybrid Vehicles (PHEV), Battery Electric Vehicles (BEV) and Fuel Cell Electric Vehicles (FCEV) (collectively, “EVs”). IHS Markit predicts there will be 130 EV models available in the U.S. by 2026. Even with the collective efforts of the public and private sectors, of the 278 million light-duty vehicles currently registered in the U.S., only 1.5 million are EVs. And despite growing consumer interest and more than 50 EV models available, EVs only made up about two percent, or about 300,000, of the 14.5 million new vehicle sales last year. 
  • We stand ready to work with the Administration to define the bold, comprehensive vision and innovation that will place the U.S. at the forefront of creating a cleaner future for motor vehicle transportation. This transformation is greater than any one policy, branch or level of government, or industry sector. It will require a sustained holistic approach with a broad range of legislative and regulatory policies rooted in economic, social, environmental, and cultural realities. Such an approach will complement and amplify significant private sector resources that will accelerate a net-zero carbon transportation future. If we work without a comprehensive plan, our nation will fall short of this goal.
  • While the approach we have outlined is robust, it should not preclude other important efforts by states and localities that support increased adoption of zero emission transportation via demand- and supply- side solutions. These include corresponding purchase/lease incentives, charging options, low carbon fuel standards, regional market-based carbon reduction efforts, fleet purchases, and use of high-occupancy vehicle lanes for travel. 
 
 
Click here to view the letter in its entirety.
 
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About MEMA
Since 1904, the Motor & Equipment Manufacturers Association (MEMA) has been the voice of the automotive and commercial vehicle supplier industry, the largest manufacturing sector in the United States. Across the entire range of new vehicle innovation—from autonomous to zero-emissions technologies—vehicle suppliers are leading the way. Our member companies conceive, design and manufacture the original equipment systems and technologies that make up two-thirds of the value in every vehicle. Member companies also supply the aftermarket with the parts that keep millions of vehicles on the road, fueling international commerce and society’s need for transportation. And all of our members’ work is done with a focus on public safety and the environment.
 
We live in a fast-paced industry and world, and MEMA is committed to making both a better place to work and live. We foster a respectful, diverse and collaborative community. We are stronger together because we promote inclusion in all aspects of the vehicle supplier industry.
 
MEMA is the parent organization of four affiliate associations: Automotive Aftermarket Suppliers Association (AASA), Heavy Duty Manufacturers Association (HDMA), MERA – The Association for Sustainable Manufacturing, and Original Equipment Suppliers Association (OESA). MEMA has offices in Southfield, Mich., Research Triangle Park, N.C. and Washington, D.C. Learn more about our organization, our members and the great vehicle supplier community at MEMA.org.
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