Babst Calland represents companies focusing on investing in and developing new transportation technologies and sustainable solutions in the energy sectors. We partner with public and private companies from start-ups to established entities that include manufacturing, vehicle and equipment suppliers, charging companies, technology entities, software providers, financiers, and related energy service producers — in managing legal, policy, and regulatory challenges and opportunities facing this growing area.
Led by former transportation technology executive and veteran environmental and regulatory attorney James Chen, our team of attorneys provides a highly strategic and solutions-oriented approach to providing legal, policy, environmental and regulatory counsel on a myriad of matters, including, but not limited to:
- electric vehicle technologies,
- automated/autonomous driving systems,
- product regulatory compliance,
- mobile source emissions,
- clean energy power and storage alternatives, and
- advising on policies, regulations and standards for the industry.
While promoting innovation, efficiencies, flexibility, and cost-savings, we not only address the legal aspects of client problem solving, but also help our clients to forge opportunities to develop new business models, products, and services in the new transportation technology and energy market.
Representative matters and experience include:
- Strategic planning and execution relating to the design, development, production and distribution of new transportation and energy technologies
- Development of legal, policy and regulatory positions to further business objectives
- Commercial transactional matters, including new site searches maximizing government programs and subsidies, as well as contracts and supplier agreements
- Legislative, policy and rulemaking matters, including those impacting federal and state government laws, regulations, and programs/incentives supporting new transportation and sustainable energy technologies.
- Automated/autonomous driving systems and ADAS approaches
- Product regulatory compliance counseling and recall implementation by federal agencies such as the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) and others
- Advocacy on programs supporting new transportation, energy distribution, and energy storage technologies by Federal entities such as the U.S. Department of Energy and Department of Transportation
- State and local level legal advice and policy advocacy on matters pertaining to product regulation (e.g., the California Air Resources Board) and distribution/sales (e.g., Motor Vehicle Dealer Boards, State DMVs, Attorneys General and Secretary of State offices)
- Emissions issues and other regulatory matters under the Clean Air Act, including matters before EPA and the California Air Resources Board (CARB)
- Environmental matters related to chemical, hazardous materials, air, waste and water regulations at facilities
- Environmental and regulatory compliance and audit management
- Government inquiries and enforcement proceedings
- Risk management programs, reviews, and internal audits
- Environmental, social, and governance (ESG) counseling
- Environmental justice policies
- Environmental, health, and safety law and regulations
- Corporate due diligence and audit programs
- In-house legal and business-oriented training and ongoing support