The vast $3.5 trillion reconciliation bill, sprawling legislation aimed at improving the quality of life for Americans is also a big-time energy and climate bill.
A series of successive climate disasters has exposed U.S. infrastructure as entirely unfit for the 21st century as storms, drought, wildfire and floods grow increasingly destructive.
The end-of-year omnibus bill contains the first major energy legislation in more than a decade.
Sen. Chuck Schumer has announced a $454 billion plan to electrify one-quarter of the U.S. vehicle fleet
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In testimony to Congress, Electrification Coalition VP Ben Prochazka made the energy security case for electrifying the U.S. vehicle fleet and retaining the federal EV tax credit.
Containing 27 sections covering topics ranging from AV safety to cybersecurity to consumer education, the passage of AV START would lead to a blizzard of regulatory proceedings over the next few years that prioritize road safety.
Exemptions allow companies to think outside the traditional vehicle box and produce safer and more fuel efficient and diverse fleets.
Federal preemption is the key provision of the Senate's autonomous vehicle legislation.
The release of the Senate's autonomous vehicle bill comes on the heels of the House overwhelmingly passing AV legislation during the summer. AVs are expected to significantly reduce traffic accidents, improve fuel efficiency, and increase access to transportation for the blind, the elderly, and the disabled.