Reno, Nev. – U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) announced the launch of an Electric Vehicle Working Group (EVWG) she created through the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law to create a national strategy to better promote and deploy electric vehicles and clean-energy technology while supporting the good-paying jobs these industries create. This group will include electric vehicle (EV) industry experts and leaders from across the country.
“Cleaner transportation is good for our environment and our economy, which is why I made sure to create this commission to bring EV industry leaders together and help us prepare for the future,” said Senator Cortez Masto. “Nevada continues to lead the nation’s clean energy economy, and I’ll always work to support this growing sector and the good-paying jobs it creates.”
The EVWG was based on Senator Cortez Masto’s NEXT in Transportation Act that she secured in the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act. The EVWG reports directly to the U.S. Secretary of Energy and U.S. Secretary of Transportation and includes vehicle and battery manufacturers, public utility and energy representatives, labor leaders, government representatives, and local elected officials. The working group will strategize, coordinate, and provide recommendations on the development, adoption, and integration of EVs and EV charging infrastructure into our transportation and energy systems through a national strategy. The group will also work to help increase access to EVs for working families and will compile an EV resource guide for consumers and businesses.
Senator Cortez Masto has been a champion for renewable and clean energy since first arriving in the Senate, when she launched her Innovation State Initiative. She has supported numerous provisions to support battery manufacturing, improve technology supply chains and help build out Nevada’s electric vehicle infrastructure. She led the fight for key tax credits in solar and geothermal energy to help tackle climate change and create Nevada jobs, wrote the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law’s provisions to fund Nevada’s emerging battery industry and set up a sustainable critical mineral supply chain, and passed the Inflation Reduction Act to help companies get the federal support they need to expand and create new job opportunities for working families in Nevada.