Jul 1, 2021 - Energy & Environment

EVgo registers former Bernie Sanders aide as lobbyist

Angled view of EVgo fast-charging machines in an electric charging station in Lafayette, California, December 21, 2020.

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The big electric vehicle charging network EVgo has registered an in-house lobbyist for the first time.

Driving the news: Alex Beaton, a former longtime aide to Sen. Bernie Sanders, joined the company in May as a public policy manager.

  • It's one of several recent hires at EVgo, which is going public via merger with a special purpose acquisition company.
  • While it's the first time the company has registered its own lobbyist, it began working with the outside firm Cassidy & Associates last year (a firm that has long worked with EVgo parent LS Power), filings show.

Why it matters: It's an active time for EV policy. The bipartisan infrastructure outline includes $7.5 billion in grant funding to build out charging. But Democrats want a major expansion of consumer purchase incentives in the reconciliation package they also hope to move.

What they're saying: "We have added experienced talent to our team to continue to advocate for policies that expand the reach of electric vehicles to drivers across the country," EVgo chief commercial officer Jonathan Levy told Axios.

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