President Biden sheds more of his weight behind electric cars. He’s poor signing an executive order that aims to ensure that half of all new vehicles sold in 2030 have some form of emission-free driving, whether it is a pure electric vehicle, a plug-in hybrid or hydrogen fuel cells vehicle. The move aims not only to promote clean transportation and limit climate change, but also to help the U.S. “surpass” the Chinese auto industry, which is rapidly switching to electrified vehicles.
Under the order, EPA and NHTSA will state how they plan to undo the Trump administration’s return to shows i fuel efficiency standards. The two agencies will co-operate using standards built on the “swing” of the agreement between California and the carmaker BMW, Ford, Honda, Volvo and VW. The proposed EPA rules would take effect in the 2023 model year, while the NHTSAs would arrive in the 2024 model year. The team will have a network of standards by the 2026 model year.
The Biden administration has supported domestic brands in this effort. Ford, GM and Stellantis to have declared a “common aspiration” to meet the 2030 target and otherwise support Biden’s vehicle electrification policy.
That is a significant goal. EV have represented about 2 percent of U.S. car sales in the last three years, according to the International Energy Agency and Pew Research. While a pandemic could have played a role in limiting sales by 2020, meeting the 2030 target would fundamentally change the U.S. car market, not to mention charging infrastructure needed to support him.
However, this could lag behind some states, not to mention car manufacturers. California i Massachusetts will ban all sales of new gasoline cars by 2035. GM is also planning exclusively selling electric vehicles until that year, while Ford will leave fully electric in Europe by 2030. Brands like Volvo in Stellantis’ Fiat badge they also committed to full electrification by 2030. As ambitious as Biden’s plan may be, in some respects it might seem relatively modest.
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