The growing movement to electrify our transportation sector is beginning to reshape our economy, the environment and public health. The transportation sector now exceeds the electricity sector in terms of its overall contribution to greenhouse gas pollution, and the widespread adoption of electric vehicles (EVs) can reduce tailpipe emissions and clean up the air we breathe. But as we move to electrify vehicles, how do you get help people get over their range anxiety and make EVs more mainstream? What are states doing to lead the charge for EVs? How are federal actions impacting EV market growth? To dig into these and other fascinating topics, Ispeak with two transportation electrification experts, Sara Rafalson, Director of Market Development for EVGo, and Max Baumhefner, Senior Attorney for the Climate and Clean Energy Program at the Natural Resources Defense Council.
Sara leads public policy and market strategy efforts at EVgo, working with utilities, regulators, industry partners, and state legislatures across the country to advance opportunities for DC fast charging and transportation electrification. Prior to joining EVgo, Sara led public policy and market strategy efforts at Sol Systems, a national solar energy development and finance firm, and served as Vice Chair of the Board of Directors for the Maryland-D.C.-Delaware-Virginia Solar Energy Industries Association. Sara also previously led national initiatives to increase recruitment and retention of women in cleantech industries through the Solar Energy Industries Association, and served as the former President of Women in Solar Energy. She currently sits as a co-chair for the Women of Renewable Industries and Sustainable energy national leadership forum. Sara has a degree in International Studies, Sustainability, Hispanic Studies from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Max Baumhefner, Senior Attorney, Climate & Clean Energy Program, Natural Resources Defense Council
Max Baumhefner works to make our nation’s cars, trucks, and buses zero emission vehicles. He focuses on electrifying the transportation sector in a manner that also accelerates the transition to a smarter, more affordable electric grid powered by renewable resources. He holds a bachelor’s degree in history from Pomona College and a JD from the University of California, Berkeley. He is based in San Francisco.