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Automakers Urge President Biden To Go Big, Support Comprehensive EV Plan

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Since President Joe Biden took office earlier this year, one of his biggest focuses has been on speeding up EV adoption and the transition to clean energy. This process has involved the signing of multiple executive orders, directing the entire federal fleet to convert to electric power, discussing the reduction of greenhouse gases with automakers, and rejoining the Paris Climate agreement, to name a few. Now, lawmakers are asking Biden to ban new ICE-powered vehicle sales by 2035, but automakers are also stepping in and urging the president to support a comprehensive EV plan to entice consumers to make the switch.

While Biden is set to reveal a $3 trillion dollar infrastructure plan with expanded electric vehicle charging and manufacturing support, the UAW, Alliance for Automobile Innovation, and Motor & Equipment Manufacturers Association have written the president a letter urging him to back a more aggressive EV plan, which would include large government tax credits, subsidies for manufacturers, and other financial incentives.

“We need a comprehensive plan that takes the present market realities into consideration,” the letter reads. “Neither the current trajectory of consumer adoption of EVs nor existing levels of federal support for supply-and demand-side policies is sufficient to meet our goal of a net-zero carbon transportation future. To fully transition is going to require an enormous effort across the economy in every sector.”

To accomplish this, the EV plan calls for government grants to “reequip, expand, and establish facilities” for electric vehicle production, as well as “accelerate the domestic manufacture of batteries, power electronics, and electric motors,” in addition to “U.S.-based supplies of critical minerals, battery, and fuel cell manufacturing.”

Biden previously pledged that part of his infrastructure plan involved promoting fuel-efficient vehicle manufacturing and the installation of 500,000 EV charging stations across the U.S. As of this writing, the White House has not yet commented on the letter.

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Written by Brett Foote

Brett's lost track of all the Fords he's owned over the years and how much he's spent modifying them, but his current money pits include an S550 Mustang and 13th gen F-150.

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  1. Enough with the grants already! If it’s important to the consumer, it will be important to the manufacturers.
    Full disclosure, I’m looking forward to my first EV.

  2. “Neither the current trajectory of consumer adoption of EVs nor existing levels of federal support for supply-and demand-side policies is sufficient to meet our goal of a net-zero carbon transportation future. To fully transition is going to require an enormous effort across the economy in every sector.”

    In other words: give us money for a technology that most people do not want. If carbon reduction TRULY were the goal, would it not be better to spend that money eliminating it from the technology (in this case the ICE) we already have? Tech that people are familiar with and with the infrastructure is already in place?

  3. Nearly $30 Trillion in debt now, and we are supporting subsidies and tax credits. If EV’s are the wave of the future, let them succeed or fail on their own merits. I for one, have zero plans on ever willingly buying an EV.

    • It rolls downhill. Regulations become punitive. New EV buyers get federal credits. States start high EV registration fees to second hand owners. Other taxes rise versus the little guy.

      Banker debt is anti-money, stealing from savers and voters, the lower middle class and working poor. Cancel the debt. Banksterism isn’t Capitalism.

      Carlin was right. It’s a big club. You ain’t in it.

  4. What a load of garbage. They want this because they can’t sell this crap without peoples neighbors helping pay for them. If they’re the now and future, then people should want to buy them. They aren’t selling because they’re not necessary and a pain to live with unless you have a real car also. Nevermind the damage to the environment they cause and the lack of electric infrastructure to handle millions of these being plugged in after work. These companies just want another way they can steal from taxpayers.

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