October 24, 2022
ITS World CongressWant to Help Lead a Committee or Working Group? ITS America Call for Nominations for Committee Leadership/Membership
It is an exciting time in the world of ITS. Our members’ expertise, ideas and leadership are needed as we move forward to 2023.
As an ITS America member you have the open opportunity to not only join any of our six standing committees and working groups, you can help lead these efforts! Committee participation is open to all current members. Committees and working groups are a place where public, private, academic, and research sectors have an equal voice to tackle challenges and opportunities relevant to each committee. ITS America Standing Advisory Committees and working groups are staff led, member-driven forums where representatives can help shape policies and programs and help you grow your leadership within our industry.
Engagement in the committees includes quarterly meetings, participation in ITS America’s Annual Meeting and participation in working groups or task force to support the strategic objectives of the committee. Leaders also have the opportunity to work directly with our Board of Directors to help inform our work.
Our six standing committees include:
Automated Vehicles – The Automated Vehicle Standing Committee advocates for policies and regulatory frameworks to facilitate the safe testing, deployment, and integration of highly automated vehicles into the surface transportation system.
Emerging Technologies – The Emerging Technologies Standing Committee identifies legislative and regulatory barriers and opportunities to safely advance emerging technologies, monitor national trends and related research, and promote best practices and private and public sector partnerships.
Mobility on Demand – The MOD Standing Committee identifies legislative and regulatory barriers and opportunities to advance Mobility on Demand,monitors national trends and related research, and promotes best practices and private and public sector partnerships.
Smart Infrastructure – The Smart Infrastructure Standing Committee advocates for automated, connected, shared, electrified transportation and broadband policies and programs that support the rapid deployment of intelligent transportation technologies leading to safer, greener, smarter, and more equitable communities.
Sustainability and Resiliency – The Sustainability and Resiliency Standing Committee identifies legislative and regulatory barriers and opportunities to safely advance sustainable and resilient transportation technologies and frameworks; develops and advocates for related legislative and regulatory policies; defines and promotes the roles of public and private sector entities; monitors national trends and related research; promotes the development of technologies, best practices, and private and public sector partnerships; and serves as a forum to disseminate and exchange related information and best practices.
V2X/Connected Transportation – The Vehicle-to-Everything (V2X) and Connected Transportation Standing Committee identifies legislative and regulatory barriers and opportunities to safely advance V2X technologies and connected transportation; develops and advocates for related legislative and regulatory policies; monitors national trends and related research; promotes the development of technologies, best practices, and private and public sector partnerships; and serves as a forum to disseminate and exchange related information and best practices.
We are looking for strong nominees for our standing committee vice chair positions as well as nominees to fill two of our vacant working group chairs positions:
1. Chair, Personal Delivery Device Working Group
2. Chair, Friends of MOD Task Force
If you know of anyone who would be good for any of those roles, please let us know.
To learn more about our committees visit our websitehttps://itsa.org/about/standing-committees/ . If you are interested in joining one of our standing committees, taking on a leadership role, or would like to nominate someone for a leadership role, we want to hear from you! Please email Tina Williams at email@example.com today! We are excited to hear from you and together we can move ITS forward.
US DOE Announces $2.8 Billion in Funding to Expand EV Battery Manufacturing in U.S.
On October 19, the United States Department of Energy (DOE) announced the first set of projects funded by the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act to expand domestic manufacturing of batteries for electric vehicles (EVs) and the electrical grid and for materials and components currently imported from other countries. The 20 companies will receive a combined $2.8 billion to build and expand commercial-scale facilities in 12 states to extract and process lithium, graphite and other battery materials, manufacture components, and demonstrate new approaches, including manufacturing components from recycled materials. The Federal investment will be matched by recipients to leverage a total of more than $9 billion to boost American production of clean energy technology, create good-paying jobs, and support President Biden’s national goals for electric vehicles to make up half of all new vehicle sales by 2030 and to transition to a net-zero emissions economy by 2050.
“This is truly a remarkable time for manufacturing in America, as President Biden’s Agenda and historic investments supercharge the private sector to ensure our clean energy future is American-made,” said U.S. Secretary of Energy Jennifer M. Granholm. “Producing advanced batteries and components here at home will accelerate the transition away from fossil fuels to meet the strong demand for electric vehicles, creating more good-paying jobs across the country.”
The funding for the selected projects will support:
· Developing enough battery-grade lithium to supply approximately 2 million EVs annually
· Developing enough battery-grade graphite to supply approximately 1.2 million EVs annually
· Producing enough battery-grade nickel to supply approximately 400,000 EVs annually
· Installing the first large-scale, commercial lithium electrolyte salt (LiPF6) production facility in the United States
· Developing an electrode binder facility capable of supplying 45% of the anticipated domestic demand for binders for EV batteries in 2030
· Creating the first commercial scale domestic silicon oxide production facilities to supply anode materials for an estimated 600,000 EV batteries annually
· Installing the first lithium iron phosphate cathode facility in the United States
· Currently, virtually all lithium, graphite, battery-grade nickel, electrolyte salt, electrode binder, and iron phosphate cathode material are produced abroad, and China controls the supply chains for many of these key inputs.
Individual project information can be found here.