Updated Oct 20, 2022 - Axios Events

Watch: A conversation on next steps in the EV transition

On Thursday, October 20th, Axios transportation correspondent Joann Muller and Detroit reporter Joe Guillen led conversations exploring the next steps in the electric vehicle transition and how consumers, automakers and local leaders are working to get more EVs on the road. Guests included Rep. Debbie Dingell (D-Mich.) and Michigan’s chief mobility officer Trevor Pawl.

Rep. Debbie Dingell explained the next steps to increase electric vehicle adoption with consumers and how shoring up the U.S. supply chain is a matter of national security.

  • On increasing EV production to improve affordability: “So as we begin to get into more mass production, costs are going to come down as well. So I think we all know affordability is an issue. I think the tax credit is going to scale up as we are scaling up more mass production and more people buying them, and I’m hoping that we’re going to create more jobs here, vehicles are going to be more affordable, and the timeframe that’s in that bill is a realistic timeframe to build capability here in the United States.”
  • On bringing supply chains home: “It’s not only an economic security issue, it’s a national security issue. And I want to keep this country safe. I don’t want to be dependent on other countries. You’ve seen the world and some of the challenges we’re facing, even in the Russia Ukraine war, we need to bring that supply chain back home. And that’s what we’re trying to do in this legislation.”

Trevor Pawl described why the shift toward electrification matters to Detroit and its residents and how he’s working to ensure equity throughout Michigan’s electrification efforts.

  • On curbing climate change through the mobility future: “The best opportunity we have to curb climate change is actually by focusing on the future of mobility, focusing on transportation. And then when you look at how electric vehicles are actually over the life of the vehicle cheaper to own, when you charge, you’re paying $7 to $12 depending on your vehicle. So while the sticker price may be high right now, it’s going to come down in a few years…”
  • On improving accessibility amidst electrification efforts: “We think that as we roll out electrification across the state, you know, we’re dealing with government structures that in many cases are a hundred years old, which isn’t going to work in the 21st century. And so what we’re trying to do is make sure that, you know, we’re pulling from different state departments, we’re breaking down boundaries, we’re working across the aisle. We’re working with cities and counties as though they are part of the state to make sure that we get this right and we’re not missing anyone along the way.”

In the View from the Top segment, GM’s vice president of the EV Ecosystem Hoss Hassani highlighted how the automotive industry is responding to consumer questions about EVs.

  • “But on the issue of charging in particular, customers have a lot of questions about that. And when we educate customers, we let them know that 90% of EV charging is being done in the home and at work today. There’s a major breakthrough for them, right? It’s that shift from thinking about like a gas vehicle that you have to refuel at a station a couple of times.”

Thank you GM for sponsoring this event.

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