More than 100 businesses, organizations and individuals on May 24 formally announced the formation of Charge Ahead Partnership, a national coalition dedicated to advancing common sense, market-based policies that will accelerate the development of the nation’s electric vehicle charging network.
NATSO is a member of the Charge Ahead Partnership, which represents a broad coalition of industry partners advancing the policy changes which ensure that they have the ability to sell electricity as fuel under a fair, competitive, transparent process.
NATSO members are invited to join Charge Ahead Partnership.
In a statement to media, NATSO Vice President of Public Affairs Tiffany Wlazlowski Neuman said, “The market dynamics that govern today’s retail fuel sector should be replicated to facilitate greater EV charging investment. Creating a sustainable market for private investment requires that all participants in EV refueling face the same competitive risks. Range anxiety does not exist for drivers of gasoline- and diesel-powered vehicles. Widespread availability of DC fast chargers at existing refueling locations will inevitably make consumers more comfortable purchasing EVs.”
Charge Ahead Partnership will advocate for policies that guarantee:
• Electric vehicle drivers have access to the same competitive, stable and convenient prices that drivers of gas-powered vehicles have enjoyed for decades;
• All providers of electric fuel are on equal footing, which will ultimately allow competition to drive down prices and increase the quality of services provided to customers;
• Power companies and fuel retailers work in partnership, with each focused on their core competencies to make certain that the needs of the nation’s power grid are addressed and that retailers have the ability to own and operate electric vehicle charging stations;
• Regulated utilities do not place the burden of providing fuel to EV drivers on the backs of lowand middle-income individuals when the private sector is willing to foot the bill.
Members of the coalition include grocery stores, convenience stores, fuel retailers, truckstops and travel plazas, and electric vehicle charging companies. Along with NATSO, national trade associations that have joined the partnership include the National Association of Convenience Stores (NACS), the National Grocers Association (NGA), the National Retail Federation (NRF), and SIGMA: America’s Leading Fuel Marketers.
To learn more about Charge Ahead Partnership (CAP) and join efforts to help expand America’s EV charging network, please visit www.chargeaheadpartnership.com.
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