Workhorse Group Inc., an Ohio-based technology company focused on providing electric mobility solutions to the commercial transportation sector, has welcomed Kevin Vincent as its vice president of government, regulatory and safety affairs.
Vincent’s background includes holding the post of chief counsel for the US. Department of Transportation’s (DOT) National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) in Washington, D.C. In that role, he provided legal advice to the NHTSA administrator and other DOT officials, including the general counsel and transportation secretary, on transportation safety and fuel economy issues.
While at NHTSA, Vincent accelerated adoption by the automobile industry of “green” technologies, having managed the drafting of the Corporate Average Fuel Economy (CAFE) greenhouse-gas reduction regulations jointly issued by NHTSA and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, leading to adoption of new technologies to improve fuel efficiency.
“I strongly support the electrification of vehicles as part of the ongoing transformation of the automobile industry,” says Vincent. “Workhorse is a leader in vehicle technology and electrification. I am very excited to be part of such an innovative team.”
In his new role at Workhorse, Vincent will oversee regulatory compliance, including the areas of Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standards (FMVSS) compliance, CAFE regulations, NHTSA guidance, and state and local regulations, among others.
“We are excited to bring Kevin aboard the Workhorse team. Kevin is an industry leader specifically in safety and environmental regulation. His experience as the chief counsel of the agency that regulates U.S. auto safety ensures that safety and regulatory compliance are the top priorities for every technology platform that Workhorse develops,” says Duane Hughes, Workhorse president and COO. “The expertise he brings to our team is invaluable to us as we continue to introduce new technology advancements within the electric vehicle industry.”