The Ford-backed lobby group Alliance for Automotive Innovation has been busy in recent months, setting guidelines for a new and robust public EV charging network, asking the government to address the semiconductor chip shortage, supporting clean energy manufacturing legislation, and asking the Senate to impose self-driving regulations. Now, it will pursue all of these endeavors with a new board chair – Ford’s president of the Americas and international markets group, Kumar Galhotra, according to Automotive News.
Kumar Galhotra succeeds Chris Reynolds, Toyota’s chief administrative officer for corporate resources in North America, as well as General Motors President Mark Reuss, was the association’s very first board chair back in 2020. The Alliance for Automotive Innovation represents almost every U.S. automaker, as well as a handful of suppliers and tech companies.
“As the auto industry works to achieve a cleaner, safer and smarter transportation future, the direct involvement of senior industry leaders on our board is a huge advantage when it comes to realizing key industry priorities and investment,” said Alliance for Automotive Innovation CEO John Bozzella. “I am looking forward to working with Kumar as we build on the accomplishments of our association, and I appreciate Chris’s and the Toyota team’s strong leadership through 2021 as we navigated a remarkably challenging environment.”
“This is an incredible time of transformation for the entire automotive industry, and I look forward to helping lead the charge into the electric vehicle future,” Galhotra said. “The alliance is uniquely positioned now to build on the groundwork laid over the past several years and shape the future as public policy assumes ever more significance in the transition to electric and connected transportation.”