Electric Vehicle Association (EVA) England, a non-profit group representing EV drivers, has become a founding member of a new international alliance supporting the switch to electric transport modes.
Some 37 organisations from 26 countries have come together to call for all light-duty vehicles to be electric by 2030.
According to the members, a shift to electric transportation is essential to quickly reducing greenhouse gas emissions, avoiding dangerous climate change, improving local air quality and reducing respiratory diseases in cities around the world.
With improvements in technology and new EVs coming onto the market over the coming months, the Global EV Drivers’ Alliance (GEVA) believes transitioning to electric is entirely achievable.
One of the first joint activities of GEVA will be participating in the United Nations Climate Change Conference COP26, which will be held in Glasgow in November.
In connection with the event, associations connected with GEVA plan to organise events in their own countries and to organise a rally in Scotland to promote electromobility, as an important element in addressing climate change.
Alan Cooklin, founding member of EVA England, said: “Carbon emissions from transport are a major contributor to climate change and an area in which we can and should take action. EVA England sees the electrification of transport as acutely important in the lead up to the UK hosting COP26 in the autumn.
“EV drivers’ associations play a vital role in supporting both current and prospective drivers of EVs. As we have seen in many cases throughout the world, they also play a crucial part in effecting change and accelerating the switch to electric vehicles powered by clean energy sources.
“EVA England is thrilled to be amongst the founding members of the Global EV Alliance. We look forward to sharing best practices with countries around the globe and working with our sister organisations to speed up the switch to EVs, promoting the health and environmental benefits that EVs afford, and ensuring the drivers’ voice is heard in policy decisions.”
GEVA represents organisations from the countries of Australia, Austria, Canada, Colombia, Costa Rica, England, France, Germany, Hungary, Ireland, Netherlands, Spain (Catalonia). Croatia, Denmark, New Zealand, Norway, Philippines, Poland, Portugal, Scotland, Slovenia, Sweden, Switzerland, and United States.