The Zero Emission Transportation Association (ZETA) has launched an interactive map that showcases the national economic impact of the United States’ growing domestic electric vehicle (EV)supply chain.
The EV investment map uses publicly available data from private companies and overlays it on a map of the United States to display company names, business descriptions, locations and jobs supported.
Joe Britton, ZETA executive director, said: “The EV industry has supported roughly 250,000 American jobs, but we have the potential to support millions more in the coming decades if we make the right policy choices today by onshoring more operations and encouraging consumer adoption.”
“That means extending and strengthening the EV consumer tax credit, increasing incentives for public EV charging, and encouraging investment for domestic critical mineral procurement through tax credits.”
With 71 percent of American drivers currently considering an electric vehicle for their next vehicle, ZETA created the electric vehicle map to help researchers, journalists and elected officials easily view the growing footprint of America’s domestic electric vehicle ecosystem.
The map shows how each state plays a role in scaling up production of vital manufacturing for the industry. It is also the very sector and job growth the country risks losing if tax codes are not upgraded to support domestic producers and drive electric vehicle adoption.
This map compiles ZETA research to illustrate EV investments across the country. These private investments are creating tens of thousands of good-paying auto jobs that will reinvigorate communities, generating thousands of additional indirect jobs.
These investments aren’t the only financial benefits that will derive from electrifying the transportation sector. The biggest benefit is the effect on climate and public health benefits of electrifying transportation. Achieving 100 percent electric vehicle sales by 2030 and a cleaner grid will prevent $1.3 trillion in health and environmental costs in the coming decades.
Britton added: “New announcements are being made every day about a new project or major investment to support America’s growing EV fleet—both personal and commercial—so we are viewing today’s launch as a first step to sharing just how much the United States has to gain with a strong and growing electric vehicle future.
“We’ve frequently been asked by local and national policymakers about where EV investments were heading and how those benefits would impact the local community.
“So creating this map is a way to help show what is at stake, especially when it comes to tax credits that can help bolster consumer demand, domestic manufacturing and charging infrastructure buildout.”