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Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg Doesn’t Endorse 2035 ICE Vehicle Ban

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Earlier this week, we reported that two Democratic U.S. Senators from California – Alex Padilla and Dianne Feinstein – had recently sent a letter to President Joe Biden asking him to consider following the state’s lead by supporting legislation that would result in an ICE vehicle ban by the year 2035, a timeline that a number of countries and two U.S. states – California and Massachusetts – have already committed to. However, it doesn’t appear that Biden’s Transportation Secretary, Pete Buttigieg, is terribly keen on the idea.

At a recent U.S. House hearing, Buttigieg said that he was unaware of any support for an ICE vehicle ban by 2035 from the Biden administration and said that he has “not heard of anything to that effect at the national or federal level.” Buttigieg also noted that several automakers, including General Motors, have already committed to transitioning to electric power on their own accord. “I’ve not heard of that in a mandatory context but that certainly seems to be where the U.S. auto industry is headed,” Buttigieg said.

Biden has thus far declined to endorse a plan to end ICE-powered vehicle sales by 2035 and also hasn’t yet established new emissions standards. Padilla and Feinstein’s letter also urged the President to adopt California’s compromise emissions deal that it reached with a number of automakers, including Ford, an agreement that the automaker has since urged its peers to back as well.

To date, Biden has not discussed a specific date for the U.S. to end ICE-powered vehicle sales but has taken several actions to address climate control since taking office. That includes replacing the entire 650,000 vehicle government fleet with EVsrejoining the Paris Climate Agreementappointing a new head of the EPA, and starting discussions with automakers about reducing greenhouse gas emissions.

Meanwhile, Ford recently announced that its entire passenger vehicle range in Europe would consist of electric vehicles by 2030 and that it would be investing at least $22 billion globally in electrification through 2025, nearly twice the company’s previous EV investment plans.

We’ll have more on the future of electric and ICE-powered vehicles very soon, so be sure and subscribe to Ford Authority for non-stop Ford news coverage.

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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. Gotta take this one with a grain of salt given how Mayor Pete wasn’t all too keen on fixing South Bend’s potholes when he had just a third-tier Midwestern town to manage.

    • @Todd Preist Amen to that, sir. That fact, alone, should be ample reason for disbelieving anything he has to say. Add in that he’s a washup, a dumb-o-crat and a politician… leaves little doubt and a really bad taste. ‘Nuff said.

  2. While Europe, Asia, Australia, Canada — even Russia, and Saudi Arabia — are busy laying out plans for hydrogen, the folks at our Department of Energy are paralyzed trying to figure out which will come first — the hydrogen infrastructure or the hydrogen industry itself that will need to use it. Meanwhile, our oil companies, as well as our car companies, have buried their heads in the sand. Oil companies want to drill for more oil when demand for it is diminishing and car companies want to make battery cars when we have no grid capacity to charge them. And we are frantically searching for the ideal battery, ignoring the fact that even if we find it, it will still need to be charged through our anemic grid.
    If hydrogen is indeed our only effective means to fight climate change at scale, then we should start with the hydrogen infrastructure itself. Why make it a two-step solution (battery-hydrogen) when we can go directly to hydrogen and get there faster? Even our present two-step solution will need hydrogen. That is correct, the proponents of battery cars that have been busy ridiculing hydrogen will need it themselves to power hydrogen generators to charge their battery cars. And of course, we will need to deliver hydrogen to our factories to make steel, cement, and fertilizer — and to power our airplanes before it becomes unpopular to fly with jet fuel.
    But how would we be able to deliver all this hydrogen across our vast land? The same way we deliver natural gas — with pipelines. Indeed, we can even use our existing gas pipelines if we simply reline them with plastic inserts, as they are doing now in the UK — or as we are doing here when steel pipes start leaking. And as far as setting up the hydrogen infrastructure is concerned; we should stop conflating the source of the hydrogen with the means of delivering it. One has nothing to do with the other. Arguments against the source of hydrogen should not get in the way of us setting up a safe and efficient way to deliver it to those that need it.

  3. Bottom line: The automakers that will survive will be the ones that offer the customer what they want- period- weather it be gas, diesel, electric, or hydrogen. Government can mandate, but it does not mean people will buy.

    As for me, I do not want no part of EVs unless the following conditions are met:

    1) The EV costs no more than a comparable ICE vehicle at purchase.
    2) The range for the EV is just is much if not more than a comparable ICE vehicle.
    3) It takes no longer to completely charge an EV than it does a comparable ICE vehicle.

  4. Biden hasn’t discussed this, Biden hasn’t discussed that……blah blah blah. The guy doesn’t even know where he’s at. Stop pretending he’s coherent or actually in charge of anything. Good grief.

  5. The industry will sort this out by itself without any government interference. Supply and demand will dictate what is built as well as when and if there is enough demand for alternative power that is where they will go.

  6. I agree–Buttigieg is just a gay figurehead and did nothing worthwhile for South Bend. Streets are in terrible condition as he left them. His gay buddy who is now mayor, has done nothing so far.

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