Federal and state policies are reshaping how people and goods travel, while cutting harmful greenhouse gas emissions and pollutants from cars and trucks. Vehicle electrification is accelerating thanks to the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law, Inflation Reduction Act, and state policies. In addition, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s newly proposed tailpipe pollution standards for light-, medium- and heavy-duty vehicles could transform our transportation future. But how will these new policies impact the average consumer and the auto industry? Host Sara Baldwin speaks with clean transportation experts, Thomas Boylan of the Zero Emission Transportation Association, and Tricia DelloIacono of CALSTART to discuss the U.S. electric vehicle market, exciting supply chain developments, and how to ensure a smooth transition.
Thomas Boylan, Regulatory Director, Zero Emission Transportation Association (ZETA). Thomas joined ZETA after nearly 7 years at the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), having spent time in both the Office of Transportation and Air Quality and the Office of Congressional Affairs. His work at EPA covered a range of transportation-related topics including light-duty vehicle emission standards, heavy-duty vehicle emission standards, and implementation of the renewable fuel standard. He also helped facilitate EPA’s engagements with Congress during passage of the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act (IIJA) of 2021 and the Inflation Reduction Act (IRA) of 2022. Thomas holds a Bachelor of Science in Geology from Virginia Tech and a Master of Science in Energy Policy and Climate from Johns Hopkins University.
Trisha DelloIacono, Federal Policy Director, CALSTART. Trisha leads efforts in Congress and at key agencies such as EPA, DOE, and DOT. While providing significant support to the US EV Battery Leadership Coalition, DelloIacono is also the lead of the member-funded Federal Policy Action Group. Prior to joining CALSTART, she ed the American Apparel & Footwear Association (AAFA)’s sustainability and product safety initiatives and was the chief liaison to AAFA’s Product Safety Council and Environmental Committee. DelloIacono spent the previous decade with Moms Clean Air Force/Environmental Defense Fund, working with Members of Congress to advocate for policies that protect children’s health, with a special focus on electric vehicle policy. She has an MBA and a BS in Marketing. She serves on the board for the Columbia Center for Children’s Environmental Health in NYC and is a member of the Women of EVs global organization, where she is recognized for her work in the transportation sector.
To dig in deeper, check out these must-read resources:
- Zero Emission Transportation Association (ZETA)
- ZETA White Papers
- EPA’s Proposed Rule: Multi-Pollutant Emissions Standards for Model Years 2027 and Later Light-Duty and Medium-Duty Vehicles
- EPA’s Proposed Rule: Greenhouse Gas Emissions Standards for Heavy-Duty Vehicles – Phase 3