“...there is no national ‘highway system’ of modern, high-voltage, direct-current, low-loss transmission lines to move that infinitely renewable power from where it can be created to where it is needed...The parallel with the highways...is obvious.”
Ray C. Anderson
With the passage of the historic Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act, the United States (US) is facing a unique moment in time that will define the environmental, economic, and social health of our country for decades to come. The transportation sector is the largest contributor to greenhouse gas emissions in the US accounting for 27 percent. Our Nation must quickly transition to widespread use of electric vehicles (EV) powered by clean energy. To achieve this, the public and private sectors must work together to rapidly scale the charging infrastructure necessary to power EVs and expand the electrical grid to meet the growing energy demand of electrified transportation in the passenger, medium-duty and heavy-duty classes.
As the private sector continues to invest hundreds of billions of dollars into electric, connected and autonomous technology, existing transportation infrastructure in the US must modernize to incorporate the electric infrastructure to power these vehicles as well as the communications infrastructure needed to support their connected and autonomous (CAV) functionality.