Energy Department Seeks Nominations for Electric Vehicle Working Group

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The group stems from the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law.

The Energy Department is soliciting nominations for candidates to fill vacancies on the Electric Vehicle Work Group, a newly formed body that makes recommendations regarding the development and adoption of electric vehicles.

According to a notice in the Federal Register set to post Tuesday, the secretaries of the Energy and Transportation departments will serve as co-chairs of the working group, which collectively can have up to 25 members—6 federal and 19 non-federal. Members of the working group will not receive compensation, though they may be reimbursed for travel expenses. The group must meet at least every 120 days, and virtual participation is allowed.

“The non-federal members selected, in the aggregate, will consist of individuals with a balance of backgrounds, experiences and viewpoints; and include individuals that represent geographically diverse regions of the United States, including individuals representing the perspectives of rural, urban and suburban areas,” according to the notice. 

Membership must also include at least one representative of a manufacturer of light-duty electric vehicles and a manufacturer of medium- and heavy-duty vehicles, as well as a manufacturer of electric vehicle batteries, an owner or operator of vehicle charging equipment and other reps from energy providers, public utilities and other stakeholders. The group will ultimately submit no fewer than three reports to lawmakers and the secretaries of Energy and Transportation.

“Nominations are solicited from organizations, associations, societies, councils, federations, groups, universities and companies that represent a wide variety of electric vehicle expertise,” the notice states. “All nominees will be carefully reviewed for their expertise, leadership, and relevance to an expertise.”

The deadline for nominations is July 15.