For Immediate Release: April 6, 2022
Contact: Mark Brueggenjohann 202-728-6014
IBEW Applauds the Military Vehicle Fleet Electrification Act
Lonnie Stephenson, president of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) issued the following statement in support of the Military Vehicle Fleet Electrification Act:
“As the owner of the federal government’s largest fleet of non-tactical vehicles, the U.S. military has an outsized leadership role to play in the coming energy revolution, and specifically the transition to zero-emissions vehicles. The success in transitioning this massive fleet to zero emissions will depend upon adequate charging infrastructure – and the skill of the frontline workforce that will be installing it.
“By requiring the electrical workers who will install the military’s charging infrastructure to be EVITP certified, the Military Vehicle Fleet Electrification Act will ensure charging infrastructure is installed correctly the first time, while also creating pathways to middle-class careers for thousands of working people.
“The IBEW’s 775,000 members urge swift passage of this legislation, and look forward to working with both Congressional leaders and the U.S. military to ensure the military’s successful transition to electric vehicles.”
The International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) represents approximately 775,000 members and retirees who work in a wide variety of fields, including construction, utilities, manufacturing, telecommunications, broadcasting, railroads and government.