Q. What is the Alliance for Transportation Electrification?
The Alliance for Transportation Electrification is a new, non-profit organization whose members represent a broad and diverse collection of organizations that advocates for an acceleration of transportation electrification across the United States. The Alliance believes that a multi-stakeholder coalition educating and promoting the benefits of transportation electrification is essential to facilitate its widespread adoption.
Q. What is the mission of the Alliance for Transportation Electrification and Open Standards?
The mission of the Alliance for Transportation Electrification is to accelerate transportation electrification by coalescing the common interests of diverse group of industry stakeholders, including utilities, auto OEMs and electric vehicle supply equipment (EVSE) companies by:
· Accelerating the deployment of electrical vehicle (EV) infrastructure to facilitate the adoption of all-forms of electric vehicles over the next 3-5 years;
· Enhancing innovation both in distribution grid technologies and in more efficient transportation, thereby spurring economic development (such as job creation) in states and cities throughout the country;
· Facilitating the adoption of autonomous, connected, and shared driving for light-duty vehicles to reduce traffic congestion in American cities and states; and Encouraging the adoption of time-of-use rates and other mechanisms to spur “smart charging” of electric vehicles to optimize grid infrastructure.
Q. How is this alliance different from other industry initiatives? The Alliance will take a “big tent” approach by engaging multiple players and sectors in the EV infrastructure ecosystem, including industry, EVSE companies, and trade associations. The assumption is that we can accomplish more through collective action via state and local governments, rather than through individual action.
In general, the EVSE industry is still relatively small and most initiatives to-date have targeted the consumer EV market. The Alliance believes that the overall pie is growing quickly if it includes both auto and bus manufacturers. Furthermore, the Alliance believes there is ample room for multiple industry players to participate in this rapidly growing industry, if there are a suitable number of charging stations available and the infrastructure to support them.
While federal government agencies have important roles to play in issues such as vehicle safety, the Alliance believes that most of the key decisions regarding the deployment of EVSE will be made at the State and local government levels. For the investor-owned utilities (IOUs), the decisions regarding their investments in EVSE will likely be subject to state regulatory oversight and control regarding issues such as cost recovery and rate design. For municipal utilities, their investments in EVSE will be subject to control and approval by their local governing bodies, whether it be a city council, the board of a rural cooperative, or the commissioners of a public utility district (PUD). For these reasons, the Alliance will focus its efforts on decision-makers at these levels.
Q. Does the Alliance have any members yet?
The Alliance is in the process of finalizing its founding membership roster now. Membership will likely consist of a large and diverse stakeholder community consisting of the following categories:
• Utilities – investor-owned utilities (IOUs)
• Utilities – consumer-owned utilities (COUs)
• Auto OEM and bus manufacturers
• EVSE – Electric vehicle supply equipment companies
Q. Will the Alliance expand participation outside of the US?
The Alliance believes that an international perspective can be useful and instructive in this area. Several European countries have announced their intentions to phase out the use of ICE vehicles in the next ten to twenty years. Several EU countries have adopted truly interoperable and open standards for both the front and back ends of the EVSE system, which may offer best practices to state commissions.
The Alliance will have information sharing mechanisms so that international achievements can be easily shared with U.S. state and federal government.