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Senator Timothy Kennedy
Chair, NYS Senate Transportation Committee
Legislative Office Building 708
Albany, NY 12247

Assemblymember William Magnarelli
Chair, NYS Assembly Transportation Committee
Legislative Office Building 830
Albany, NY 12248
 
 
Re: Support for S.1763/A.4614, Relating to Zero Emission Vehicle Direct Sales
 
Dear New York State Senate and Assembly Transportation Committee Chairs and Members,
 
As Northeast Chapter members and supporters of E2 (Environmental Entrepreneurs) who work and do business in New York State, we are writing in support of S.1763/A.4614. This bill, also referred to as the Zero-Emission Vehicle (ZEV) Direct Sales bill, will allow entities that manufacture or assemble zero emission vehicles and have no franchised motor vehicle dealers in New York to sell direct to consumers. Allowing direct sales will play an important role in achieving ZEV adoption at the scale needed to meet our climate goals and driving job growth in New York’s clean energy economy.  
 
E2 is a national, nonpartisan group of business leaders, investors, and professionals from every sector of the economy who advocate for smart policies that are good for the economy and good for the environment. Nationally, we have over 11,000 members and supporters who have founded or funded more than 2,500 companies, created more than 600,000 jobs, and manage more than $100 billion in venture and private equity capital.
 
There is currently strong consumer demand for ZEVs in the market and a need for greater flexibility to allow for ZEV auto manufacturers to help meet this demand. As a signatory of the 2014 ZEV MOU, New York, with other Northeast states, committed to putting 850,000 ZEVs on the road by the end of 2025. However, as of September 2020, New York had only reached 3 percent of that goal. By the end of 2020, the 848 franchised dealerships in New York had collectively sold 1,896 ZEVs while Tesla, the only ZEV manufacturer currently allowed to sell directly to customers in the state, sold 10,220 vehicles—more than five times the total sold by all franchised dealers combined.
 
As business leaders, we recognize that allowing ZEV manufacturers to sell directly will not only increase consumer access and expand free-market competition, it will also result in new, good-paying jobs for New Yorkers by increasing demand for ZEVs produced in state.  Furthermore, greater ZEV adoption will drive the need for charging infrastructure investments, further accelerating job growth in New York’s clean energy economy. According to E2’s Clean Jobs America 2020 report, at the end of 2020 New York ranked third in the nation for clean energy employment—including over 10,000 jobs in the clean vehicles and clean fuels sector—and clean vehicles led the nation as one of the fastest-growing sectors in recovering from COVID-19 jobs losses.
 
Not only will direct sales promote job growth in New York’s clean energy economy, it can also stimulate job growth in the state’s franchised dealerships. In states that are open or partially open to ZEV direct sales, the average franchised dealer job growth is 21 percent, exceeding the national average of 18 percent, and of the top 20 states for franchised dealer growth, 17 allow ZEV direct sales.
 
With the transportation sector accounting for the largest share of greenhouse gas emissions in New York State and the State’s commitment in the Climate Leadership and Community Protection Act to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 40 percent by 2030 and to reach net-zero emissions by 2050, we must accelerate zero-emission vehicle adoption by making zero-emission vehicles more accessible to consumers who want them.
 
While we are in strong support of recent legislative action requiring all new passenger vehicles sold in the state to be zero emission by 2035, this is still 14 years away. In order to meet our climate and clean car goals, we must act now to rapidly increase in the adoption of zero-emission vehicles with the passage of S.1763/A.4614. This bill will allow new, American-based zero emission vehicle manufacturers, like Rivian, Lucid and Lordstown, to freely enter the competitive market and give consumers unfettered access to purchasing zero-emission vehicles.
 
Thank you for your time and consideration.
 
Sincerely,

Danny Argov
Global Account Technology Strategist , Microsoft
Dora Barlaz Hanft
Caroline E. Bassett
Director, Bassett Media Relations, LLC
Craig Broccoli
Chris Carrick
Energy Program Manager, Central New York Regional Planning and Development Board
Michael Chase
Blogger, carbonstories.org
Linda Curtis
Christine Datz-Romero
Executive Director, LES Ecology Center
Florence Eng
Maria Gotsch
President and CEO, Partnership Fund for NYC
Cullen Howe
Senior Policy Analyst, NRDC
Suzanne Hunt
President, Hunt Green LLC
Ron Kamen
Founder, EarthKind Energy
Rich Kassel
Principal - Group Leader, Clean Energy & Sustainability, Capalino
Florence Liddell
Roger Liddell
Vice Chairman, Investment Management, Clear Harbor Asset Management, LLC
Eric Liftin
Principal, MESH Architectures
Lori Malloy
Special Counsel, Fred F. French Investing LLC
Timon Malloy
President, Fred F. French Investing LLC
Henry McLoughlin
Director, Corporate Development, Capricorn Investment Group
David Moyar
President & CEO, MEI Hotels Inc.
Ed Oquendo Virella
Owner, Empere,LLC
Eddie Oquendo Virella
Owner, Higgs Energy.LLC
Arthur Pearson
Principal, AWP Consulting
Michael Richter
Partner, Environmental Capital Partners
Scott Rotman
Senior Project Manager, Matrix New World Engineering
Tom Roush
Private Investor and Environmental Activist
Scott Ryan
Director - Customer Success, Salesforce
Su Sanni
Founder/CEO, Dollaride
Betsy Schmidt
Chief Innovation and Curriculum Officer, Ascend Learning
Paul Vosper
President & CEO, JuiceBar EV
Maya WK
Director of Impact Teams , Common Energy
Bunny Yan
CEO, The Squirrelz

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