Energy Sec. Granholm, Members of Congress on Electric Vehicle Tech | LIVE

Energy Sec. Granholm, Members of Congress on Electric Vehicle Tech | LIVE

so i don’t need that much so so i don’t know you’re saying anything but at least great you ready everybody um first of all i want to thank senator stabenow and chairman tanco for joining us two huge champions of electrification of vehicles and uh we also have joe britton and joe is the executive director of the zero emission transportation association preston fight who is the ceo of pakhar hakkar is the producer of these vehicles behind us we have these truck cabs that are here are electric vehicles they show us that the clean energy future is within reach um trucking many of you know employs a lot of people both thriving and in operation three million people in the united states and we move 73 percent of domestic freight through these kinds of vehicles we want them to be more electric these and trucks by the way are the second largest contributor to the the greenhouse gas emissions that the transportation sector emits and we need to work on that these are all electric vehicles one is the peterbilt vehicle which is this one right here peter built his this vehicle is battery powered battery electric it goes 150 miles on a single charge and next to it this uh vehicle is kenworth this goes 350 miles on a char on a uh by a fuel before it’s refueled by a fuel cell and so this news about these vehicles in addition to being zero emission is that they were both made in america one made in texas one made in washington and we want to see more of that happen and both of these by the way so powerful the the the drivetrain so powerful that they can handle the 14 000 foot climb up to the summit of pikes peak in colorado just to show you so the department of energy is working all manner of ways to make sure that we can reduce greenhouse gas emissions on vehicles they the our vehicle technologies office has a series of super truck initiatives which brings down emissions which electrifies drive trains which works on materials to reduce the weight of vehicles we just announced earth shot related to hydrogen which would reduce the cost of hydrogen to one dollar for one kilogram within one decade really important for trucks like this one over here and we of course have been working with the administration on a supply chain for lithium batteries making sure that we’re able to do everything soup to nuts inside the united states with american workers so today we are announcing announcing 60 million dollars worth of investments in 24 projects all over the country to further these goals of decarbonizing this uh this sector the the large truck sector and that includes technologies for for example improving batteries and electrification making sure that these very heavy vehicles can be powered by dense batteries reducing engine emissions obviously and advancing vehicle connectivity and automation including uh potentially to be able to charge wirelessly a battery uh from a vehicle like this so what they’re negotiating right now in uh congress and what we hope we will have uh to be able to announce that we have a deal on very soon is in the bipartisan infrastructure framework would also further these efforts it would build out 500 000 electric vehicle charging stations and it certainly would fix the roads and the bridges on which these vehicles thrive so with that i’m so pleased to make those announcements but also to encourage our leaders in congress to say a few words with that i’d love to turn it over to my friend and a warrior from michigan uh debbie stavenow thank you thank you secretary grant home i have to first say we are so proud in michigan of this great secretary of energy and we know because of her track record as governor in michigan that she is laser focused and understands to her core where we need to go on all of these issues that is going to move the economy forward and at the same time create jobs and tackle the climate crisis all of it together so it’s always great to be with my great uh friend congressman tango thank you yes yeah exactly and joe britton thank you thanks for i had a chance to get into one of the trucks it is it’s really really awesome and so uh from my perspective i couldn’t be more pleased that michigan is part of these awards and of course we believe that michigan leads the way on these technologies and we are not choosing between the economy and solving the economic crisis what we are doing is talking about both so i want to give a particular shout out to western michigan university who’s working on technology to help autonomous vehicles uh better use and share data which is a very important piece of all of this uh nevada’s is developing lower cost batteries that store more power essential and general motors working on batteries that will work better in very hot and very cold weather of which we have both in michigan sometimes in the same day so it is uh you can watch the climate crisis occur in michigan uh yes is occurring across the country so we and i would finally say this um we know this is about tackling the single largest source of carbon pollution uh that there is in the transportation sector we also know we’re about improving public health and creating good paying jobs and this these investments can’t come too soon because we know that other countries particularly china has been investing billions of dollars to dominate the advanced vehicle market in 2019 then their r d grew by 13 ours grew by eight percent they plan to boost their r d spending by seven percent every year through 2025. well guess what america’s now it’s our turn with president biden and secretary granholm who understand that if we are out making those investments we will continue to lead in and be the leaders in reclaiming these jobs and technologies let me close with something henry ford said which one of my favorite things said what’s right about america is that although we have a mess of problems we have great capacity intellect and resources to do something about it and so that’s what this is about and i’m excited that the biden administration and secretary granholm are joining us in congress to do something about it yes thank you so much and um congressman ponca who is on the energy and commerce committee actually is the chair of the subcommittee on the environment and climate change so glad to be able to have another warrior from new york here thank you madam secretary um certainly a couple of observations before i offer comments i believe president bison has chosen so well and wisely in naming secretary grant home to this leadership position at this great agency so um we’re very very encouraged by this uh by this secretary’s appointment and confirmation it’s also great to acknowledge here publicly that this is a powerful agency one that operates as consummate professionals who carry themselves with great passion who uh are consummate academic uh types who really pushed the uh the product over the finish line and it’s so good to know that we have this human infrastructure at doe that is truly making a difference so thank you so much for that so to the matter of the day um it is important for us to understand that transportation as a sector is the greatest contributor to carbon pollution in our atmosphere into our universe and so it’s important to focus across the board in at all sectors of the economy but understanding that this is the one that contributes the most and so the advancements made in transportation their energy and environment policy are indeed very critical and as we do this we also understand that traditionally this high pollutant sector is oftentimes disproportionately impacting neighborhoods of low income neighborhoods of people of color and neighborhoods of environmental injustice and so we can score a lot of progress here as we invest and invest wisely in very targeted ways that will enable us to reduce carbon pollution clean the atmosphere and the environment and make certain that uh there’s public health improvements that are made and certainly economic improvements uh and sound stewardship of the environment i believe it’s important for us to continue to move forward with policy and resource advocacy now it’s pretty intimidating to stand here and speak about cars and improvements and innovation with all these michiganders standing behind me and they do car talk all the time but you know what they do in their state the advancements that are made from this agency by federal government will affect all regions all communities across this great country and so it’s an opportunity for great progress i believe that you know the goal here is a very prominent one and a very very satisfying one one that makes vehicles electric vehicles more affordable charging stations more accessible and reducing the cost of batteries and enhancing their effectiveness these are all stellar goals that will be achieved if we invest and invest wisely i’m impressed by this president by president biden focusing laser sharp on the efforts to through an american rescue plan invest in an innovation economy we cannot compete in a global marketplace if we do not have 21st century technology and innovation and infrastructure that’s what this is all about and just yesterday i visited with people before and they showed me their powerful truck that they can keep a home operating for three days with their battery in that truck so i look at the trucks behind us and thank you for bringing the display today we’re making great progress with hydrogen green hydrogen with uh fuel cells with all kinds of opportunities of alternative energy innovation efficiency this is the lineup that will get us not only to a cleaner environment meeting the challenges of climate change but growing jobs significant jobs labor jobs late union labor jobs that will get us to the finish line and will enable us to be a kingpin in an international economy because we showed that we cared about infrastructure invested wisely so i am anxious to hear who wins these eere awards anxious to hear about the improvements that they are going to inspire as we produce better more effective more efficient systems that will put people to work and make this whole process more doable for working families across this country thank you secretary grant home thank you doe employees you are powerful and you are so appreciated by many of us in the house and in congress thank you thank you thank you thank you for that endorsement of our great d.o.e team right um and finally joe britton who is the executive director of the zero emissions transportation association coming weigh in thank you i’m joe britton i’m the executive director of the zero mission transportation association we represent over 60 companies across the entire eb supply chain so those are charging companies those are manufacturers and those are utilities providing leadership in the space and we’re all committed to accelerating the transition to electrification and today we have the dream team of evs they’ve been working on this for over a decade and more and more americans are lining up behind them and the market is rising to the challenge and that’s what’s really important about today’s announcement we have the ability to produce emissions in this country and it’s really about public health and i think we can all acknowledge in a global respiratory pandemic that we have the opportunity to really make progress and help communities that are disproportionately impacted here in the mid-atlantic region black and brown communities breathe in 66 more air pollution and that’s something that we have a public duty to address and those that live along transportation corridors are more likely to suffer from and even die from covet because of global source pollution but also out of those tailpipes comes the carbon emissions that are worsening climate impacts and we’ve already noted that it’s developing the transportation is the single greatest emitting sector but across the river in virginia it’s actually 45 it’s nearly half of the climate picture so we have the opportunity to make a real difference and i think at this moment most of the time people kind of wonder what sort of sacrifices they’re going to need to make to address these challenges but that’s the most exciting thing about evs which is that everybody can be better off if you’re a light duty driver you can save 1100 a year on fuel maintenance and service and then fleet operators the ones that could be buying and then off takers for these vehicles they could save two hundred thousand dollars over the life of the vehicle according to berkeley national lab and that’s thirteen percent cheaper for per vehicle mile trap and so it’s a strong business case but for these medium and heavy-duty vehicles it’s especially important for emissions they’re 10 of the vehicle miles traveled on the road but they represent over 30 percent of the carbon emissions and over half of the pollution that’s impacting public health so we have a public duty to do this but we have a strong economic case and that’s why the announcement today is so important because the byte administration is not resting on the technology as it exists today but they’re leaning forward to secure our global leadership going forward and that’s really the economic benefit that we should all be rallying around if you look around the country we’re already seeing this come true there’s hundreds of thousands of jobs that we’re going to create in the future but if you ask the republican governor bill lee of tennessee had an announcement like this one announcing advanced battery plan in tennessee he called it the single greatest economic investment in the state’s history and i want every governor to be able to say that and that’s why president biden’s leadership in making these advancements to catalyze an advanced vehicle sector is so important thank you great very great awesome um so with that any questions about this the announcement today one of the uh yeah great question and of course uh part of what’s being negotiated is uh refilling the bucket of the atm atvm loan program which was used to solve some issues last year we have a new director of the loan programs office in the department of energy named shah he is very excited about reinvigorating that loan program office to offer you know very low cost capital to those who need to um who we want to support in getting to the goal of 100 clean electricity by 2035 and net zero carbon emissions by 2050. so they are in the process last year there were almost no loans given uh there haven’t been a loan given actually for the past few years this year the overall loans programs office has seen about seven billion dollars worth of requests every month so there’s a huge pipeline and a demand and you’ll see those start to coming to fruition in a couple of months they’re getting through the vetting process other questions about this this event i’m sorry i just sit here sorry um well the bipartisan framework from what we know of course we’ll see the details today but one of the pieces that uh has been shared publicly is a 15 billion dollar commitment to charging stations half of that in loans half of that in grants that would support the 500 000 charging stations that was that was put in the president’s plan initially the upfront incentives to purchase for passenger vehicles that was not in the bipartisan plan but hopefully will be part of the reconciliation plan uh that is uh where everybody’s going to focus yeah the 15 billion was commensurate with what the president had uh announced in the american jobs plan initiative yeah you know i would say dave that that is all part of the negotiations for the reconciliation piece of things uh senator stavenow has had such great leadership on incentivizing at the point of purchase which is exactly what needs to happen the amount of that incentive that’s going to be what’s part of what’s being negotiated for the reconciliation all right well let me just say the president has been so strong about buy america and i neglected to mention that petcar is you are the only large truck manufacturer left in the united states so the whole point here is to incentivize more manufacturing in the united states and i would say the trucks but also all the stuff that goes into those trucks as well and so the president is making a commitment that the united states will lead by example and and help that helps to create markets so for example if we’re you know the department of energy is as we turn over our vehicle fleet we will be buying electric vehicles and that helps to create a market for those for those vehicles and for the guts of those vehicles too which are the are the batteries so bottom line is we want to be able to lead by example help to create the pull the market pull as well as supplying on the supply side the incentives for those products to be built in america so both sides okay great thanks everybody uh you
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