For Immediate Release: August 11, 2021
Contact: Mark Brueggenjohann 202-728-6014
IBEW joins National EV Charging Initiative
Recognizing the vital role electric vehicles will play in meeting President Biden’s goals to combat climate change, improve air quality, address racial equity, and create good, union jobs, as well as the need for greater collaboration among stakeholders to achieve these goals, the IBEW today joined the National EV Charging Initiative.
The unprecedented coalition of 24 organizations representing working people, automakers, utilities, suppliers, investors, and public interest advocates will work together to spur the construction of our nation’s electric-vehicle charging network. Together, the groups will push for stronger commitments from each other and the federal government to deploy the charging stations needed to power our future and curb climate change.
“The 775,000 members of the IBEW are proud to be part of the National EV Charging Initiative,” said IBEW President Lonnie Stephenson. “By bringing together working people, automakers, utilities, suppliers, investors, and public interest advocates, this unprecedented coalition will lead the way in promoting the safe and reliable expansion of the electric vehicle charging infrastructure.”
Among the primary goals of the National EV Charging Initiative is the development of guiding principles that will promote electric vehicle adoption and charging infrastructure deployment that builds upon national, state and regional goals. The initiative will also complete an action plan to speed up the buildout of the charging network for light, medium, and heavy-duty vehicles.
“The United States is on the brink of significant growth in the electric vehicle market, and IBEW members are already performing the jobs of the future. We are eager to work with our National EV Charging Initiative partners to ensure the widespread adoption of the clean transportation technology of tomorrow while creating thousands of good jobs that will help rebuild the middle class,” Stephenson said.
The International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) represents approximately 775,000 members and retirees who work in a wide variety of fields, including construction, utilities, manufacturing, telecommunications, broadcasting, railroads and government.