Feb 19, 2021 - Economy

Ford CEO, ex-regulator lead coalition to reimagine mobility and climate policy

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Illustration: Sarah Grillo/Axios

Ford CEO Jim Farley and former California clean air regulator Mary Nichols are heading a coalition of business, tech and policy leaders that hopes to rethink mobility policy in a systemic, interconnected way.

Why it matters: Transportation is undergoing the biggest transformation in a century, but government policies and infrastructure haven't kept pace. The Commission on the Future of Mobility aims to close that gap with research and advocacy.

Details: The group this week announced its five initial areas of focus:

  1. Energy resources: supporting the shift toward alternatives like electricity and hydrogen to reduce transportation’s impact on climate change.
  2. Freight: streamlining supply chains and addressing the impact of delivery on emissions, technology and access.
  3. Data stewardship: Leveraging data to power connected mobility.
  4. Infrastructure: Replacing legacy infrastructure with new approaches designed for emerging trends and technologies.
  5. Passenger transportation: Evaluating the impact of new technologies and business models.

What they're saying: "We have to re-envision the way that we move people and goods across the globe to meet our critical climate and public health needs," said Nichols.

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