AUSTIN, Texas (KTAB/KRBC) – Researchers, manufacturers, consumers and environmental groups have come together to form the Texas Electrical Transportation Resources Alliance (TxETRA), with the mission to expand the presence of electric transportation in the state.

“Texas – with its huge transportation network – can be a leader or a laggard,” TxETRA founder Bobby Hill said in a press release. “Transportation is electrifying at high speeds across the world. We in the industry are joining with the utilities, the researchers and the advocates to create TxETRA and to work together to develop the policies we need to become a world leader in the development of these technologies.”

15 companies and groups are currently backing the organization, as well as 60 individuals, according to the release.

TxETRA will hold its first board meeting on Friday, April 6, in Austin, according to the release. Board members will discuss mission, policy, outreach and ways to collaborate with similar groups across the nation.  

“Our priorities are pretty clear,” TxETRA board Chair Michael Osbourne said in the release. “Our mission is to guide and accelerate the adoption of electrical transportation in all its forms – in the most cost-effective way – providing maximum benefit to the citizens of Texas.”