Sentinel High grad works on electric vehicle legislation as state rolls out EV charging plan

David Erickson

Dan West believes the future of transportation in Montana sits in his mother’s driveway.

West, a Sentinel High School grad, drove a launch-edition Rivian R1S electric sport utility vehicle for his Missoula family visit, and he hopes it marks the dawn of a new era of emissions-free travel, where power cords replace gasoline nozzles.

“It’s probably the first R1S in the state,” he explained.

For the past two years, West has worked as the only Washington, D.C.-based in-house federal lobbyist for Rivian, an electric adventure vehicle manufacturer headquartered in California with a plant in Illinois. He worked with the Senate Finance Committee to get an extension of the $7,500 tax credit for electric vehicles into the Inflation Reduction Act passed by Congress and signed by President Joe Biden earlier this summer. There’s also a $4,000 credit on used EVs included in the language of the bill.

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And over the next five years, Montana will receive $43 million in federal funding for electric vehicle charging infrastructure as state transportation officials expect an influx of electric cars and trucks. So Rivian hopes that the market will be

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