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Britta Gross

Managing Director
  • Carbon-Free Mobility

Britta Gross is managing director of RMI’s Carbon Free Mobility Global Program. This practice is focused on the market-driven strategies, technologies, and policies required to accelerate towards carbon-free mobility solutions.

Background

Ms. Gross was formerly the director of advanced vehicle commercialization at General Motors, responsible for the energy strategies, partnerships, and policies required to enable the wide-scale commercialization of battery electric and hydrogen fuel cell electric vehicles. Britta is also currently a commissioner for the Orlando Utility Commission, Orlando, Florida’s electric and water utility. Before transitioning into the automotive industry, Britta began her career with Hughes Space & Communications in Los Angeles, leading mission design and systems engineering teams developing communication and weather satellite programs.

Britta has held numerous board seats, including on the North American Council for Freight Efficiency (NACFE), MobilityData, Plug in America, the Electric Drive Transportation Association (EDTA), and the Alliance for Transportation Electrification (ATE). She served as a governor appointee on both the Massachusetts Zero Emission Vehicle Commission and the Maryland Electric Vehicle and Infrastructure Commission. In 2018, Ms. Gross testified before the US Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources on the state of vehicle electrification in the United States, the barriers in the market, and the opportunities to accelerate the transition through effective policy, education, and infrastructure.

Education

Ms. Gross has an electrical engineering degree from Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge and studied language arts at the University of Wurzburg in Germany. Britta has received numerous industry awards including Automotive News’ Electrifying 100 and the GreenBiz “Verge 25” award. She speaks regularly to national audiences on topics related to alternative fuels in transportation.

Location

Boulder, CO

Authored Works
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How to Move America to Electric Vehicles

There is one action the new Biden administration can take that, more than anything else, will set the United States on a more successful course to electrifying the cars and trucks we drive: to communicate a bold vision of what transportation electrification looks like in 2030. Since 2010, when former…

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Now Is the Time for US Leadership on Electric Vehicles

Transportation is the United States’ largest source of greenhouse gas emissions. Estimates suggest that to keep the world within 1.5°C of warming, at least one in five cars must be electric by 2030, in addition to decreasing vehicle miles traveled. Recent announcements about technology improvements and demand signals…

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Britain’s Ban on Gasoline and Diesel Cars Is a Game Changer for EVs

The UK announced plans this week to ban the sale of new gasoline and diesel cars by 2035, pulling ahead their previous target date of 2040. If you’re looking for a sure-fire way to reach carbon-reduction goals in the transportation sector, this might just be the most effective policy. It…

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1 in 5 Cars Need to Be Electric by 2030: What Will it Take?

Last month, GM President Mark Reuss wrote an op-ed titled, “Electric cars won’t go mainstream until we fix these problems.” Mark’s article summarizes the top reasons why EVs haven’t yet achieved widespread adoption: EVs struggle to compete with gasoline vehicles on cost and range, and there is not enough…