The U.S. Conference of Mayors (USCM) has formed a new Conference Task Force on Electric Vehicles which will focus on ways to accelerate the transition to vehicle electrification and how to build the infrastructure needed to support EVs. The Task Force will be a part of USCM’s Council on Metro Economies and the New American City.
“The transportation systems of the future will be built around electric vehicles, and now is the time to make a major leap forward,” said Dayton, OH Mayor Nan Whaley, USCM president. “This Task Force comes at a critical time, and it builds upon the local leadership mayors across the country have shown in the transition to EVs. With the private sector making new investments in this technology, we must take advantage of the opportunity to reimagine our infrastructure and how we move people and products around our cities. This effort will have a lasting impact on our country and our planet, and I’m proud of the role mayors continue to play.”
The Task Force intends to work with the private sector and municipal leaders to promote best practices and advocate for public policy solutions to aid in the shift to zero emissions vehicles.
“Mayors have been driving toward electrification for a long time, and now we’re seeing support from other levels of government and major automakers,” said USCM CEO and Executive Director Tom Cochran. “This Task Force will help make sure there is a coherent strategy across the public and private sectors. I’m grateful to these mayors for leading this effort and look forward to discussing it more at our Winter Meeting in January.”