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Noah Barnes, Plug In America
Global EV Drivers’ Alliance formed by 37 EV driver associations around the world
Alliance members calling for all light-duty vehicles to be electric by 2030
LOS ANGELES (June 9, 2021) — Thirty-seven electric vehicle (EV) driver associations from 26 countries have joined forces to create the Global EV Drivers’ Alliance, representing the voice of EV drivers around the globe in leading the shift to clean electric transportation. The grassroots, non-profit organization collects best practices, inspiration and information from EV driver associations and their members to help, inform and inspire each other to accelerate electric mobility in their own regions/countries and worldwide. This video has been released worldwide to promote awareness of the Alliance.
The members of the Alliance are calling for every new car and light-duty truck sold in their countries to have a plug by the end of this decade. A shift to electric transportation is essential to quickly reducing greenhouse gas emissions, avoiding dangerous climate change, improving local air quality and reducing respiratory diseases in cities around the world. With the rapid improvements in EV technology and the new vehicles coming into the market over the coming months, it is entirely achievable.
A rapid shift to electric transportation can be achieved through supportive policies in the respective countries. For example, the market share for plug-in vehicles in Germany grew from 3% in 2019 to 13.5% in 2020 and the UK market went from 3.2% to 10.7% in the same period. By working together, EV driver associations can share best practices and strategies, ensuring that EV drivers’ voices are heard in EV policy discussions worldwide.
In addition to the climate change and air quality benefits, electric vehicles provide many additional benefits to consumers, including the savings and convenience of fueling with electricity instead of gasoline, sharply reduced maintenance and the smooth and powerful driving experience provided by an electric motor.
One of the first joint activities of the Global EV Drivers’ Alliance will be participation in the United Nations Climate Change Conference COP26, which will be held in Glasgow in November 2021. In connection with the event, associations connected with GEVA plan to organize events in their own countries and to organize a rally in Scotland to promote electromobility as an important element in addressing climate change.
The global shift to electric vehicles is increasing exponentially, with more than 3.24 million EVs sold worldwide in 2020, compared to 2.26 million in 2019, despite the COVID pandemic and accompanying economic downturn.
“We are so excited to be joining with our international colleagues in the Global EV Drivers’ Alliance,” said Joel Levin, executive director of Plug In America. “While the United States has been a leader in electric mobility in many ways, we also lag behind several countries in EV market share. Sharing our experiences and learning from others puts all of us in a better position to push for clean electric vehicles in every country.”
The Global EV Drivers’ Alliance represents organizations from the countries of Australia, Austria, Belgium, Brazil, Canada, Colombia, Costa Rica, England, France, Germany, Hungary, Ireland, Netherlands, Spain (Catalonia), Croatia, Denmark, New Zealand, Norway, Philippines, Poland, Portugal, Scotland, Serbia, Slovenia, Sweden, Switzerland, and United States. For more information, visit globalevalliance.com.
About the Global EV Drivers’ Alliance
The Global EV Drivers’ Alliance is a network of national electric vehicle drivers’ associations from around the globe. We facilitate global collaboration on best practices, education, and other EV-related initiatives. We believe that zero-emission mobility is necessary to combat climate change. Our goal is a planet where all transportation is sustainable, clean, and electric! globalevalliance.com
About Plug In America
Plug In America is the nation’s leading independent consumer voice for accelerating the use of plug-in electric vehicles in the United States. Formed as a non-profit in 2008, Plug In America provides practical, objective information collected from our coalition of plug-in vehicle drivers, through public outreach and education, policy work and a range of technical advisory services. Our expertise represents the world’s deepest pool of experience of driving and living with plug-in vehicles. We drive electric. You can too. PlugInAmerica.org