Update: U.S. DOT hosts electric vehicle showcase

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Lisa Frank
Vice President and D.C. Director, The Public Interest Network

Author: Lisa Frank

Vice President and D.C. Director, The Public Interest Network

Started on staff: 2016
B.A., magna cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa and recipient of the Government Department Award and American Government Award, Georgetown University

Lisa oversees The Public Interest Network's Washington, D.C., office and operations. She has won millions of dollars in investments in walking, biking and transit, and has helped develop strategic campaigns to protect America's oceans, forests and public lands from drilling, logging and road-building. Lisa is an Oregonian transplant in Washington, D.C., where she loves hiking, running, biking, and cooking for friends and family.

We've come a long way since the days when would-be electric vehicle owners were limited to Teslas or a few other models.

At an electric vehicle showcase hosted by the U.S. Department of Transportation on June 9, I checked out pick-up trucks made by Rivian and Ford, the new all-electric Volkswagen ID-4, a new updated Chevrolet Volt, a Lucid sedan, plug-in hybrid Toyotas and Jeep Wranglers, Mazda's first electric car (the MX-30 crossover), yes, a Tesla, and many more. We even got to see a massive Peterbilt electric regional hauler. Alongside the cars and trucks, manufacturers displayed electric vehicle charging stations featuring contactless payment, off-the-grid charging and other new features.

The showcase coincided with Charging Forward, U.S. DOT's EV Charging Symposium, to provide guidance on new charging programs created by the bipartisan Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act. The law, which PIRG supported, provides $7.5 billion for electric vehicle charging infrastructure nationwide plus $2.5 billion for electric school buses.

Learn more about PIRG's Transform Transportation campaign.

Lisa Frank
Vice President and D.C. Director, The Public Interest Network

Author: Lisa Frank

Vice President and D.C. Director, The Public Interest Network

Started on staff: 2016
B.A., magna cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa and recipient of the Government Department Award and American Government Award, Georgetown University

Lisa oversees The Public Interest Network's Washington, D.C., office and operations. She has won millions of dollars in investments in walking, biking and transit, and has helped develop strategic campaigns to protect America's oceans, forests and public lands from drilling, logging and road-building. Lisa is an Oregonian transplant in Washington, D.C., where she loves hiking, running, biking, and cooking for friends and family.