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U.S. Auto Suppliers Oppose Setting Dates To End New ICE Vehicle Sales

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In recent months, a number of countries around the world, as well as states including CaliforniaMassachusetts, and Washington state have set dates or targeted dates that will effectively end new ICE vehicle sales in those areas. To date, the United States has not joined this group, and Biden administration officials have poured proverbial cold water on the idea, even though a number of U.S. Senators have urged the president to do just that.

However, there is one group that opposes setting end dates for new ICE vehicle sales – suppliers. This week, the Motor & Equipment Manufacturers Association (MEMA), which represents more than 1,000 automotive suppliers, told a Senate subcommittee on transportation that it not only opposes setting a firm date to end the sale of gasoline-powered vehicles, but it also expects ICE vehicles to remain on sale for at least another 20 years. The group also urged the Biden administration to set regulatory requirements with the idea that internal combustion engines will not be going away any time soon.

“Climate change goals will not be met unless the propulsion system containing the internal combustion engine continues to improve its efficiency,” said Ann Wilson, MEMA’s senior vice president of government affairs. “A fully electric vehicle fleet will require significantly fewer supplier jobs, with some experts arguing that the supplier industry could lose up to 30 percent of its traditional workforce,” she added. “Engines, transmissions, aftertreatment systems, and other parts will simply not be manufactured for battery electric and fuel cell vehicles.”

Biden’s proposed infrastructure plan earmarks $174 billion for EV incentives and charging stations, but not any sort of end date for new ICE vehicle sales. During his presidential campaign, Biden did not support California’s phaseout plan.

We’ll have more on the state of the automotive industry 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. I think this is a wise move. Sell them side by side and let the consumer decide. Besides, the shift will more than likely be glacial…steady but glacial.

  2. I really think this rush to EV’s is as imply virtue signaling. I would like to see an honest evaluation of the capability to manufacture the required battery packs in the U.S. From what I’ve read, the amount of fresh water required to mine the lithium and the environmental damage being done manufacturing these battery packs is enormous. And this is at the current volume of EV’s which is still a minuscule percentage of the total market.

  3. I really think this rush to EV’s is simply virtue signaling. I would like to see an honest evaluation of the capability to manufacture the required battery packs in the U.S. From what I’ve read, the amount of fresh water required to mine the lithium and the environmental damage being done manufacturing these battery packs is enormous. And this is at the current volume of EV’s which is still a minuscule percentage of the total market.

  4. The whole BEV program is a classic example of a ‘technology disruptor’. I am just glad the current administration is not supporting the chorus of states calling for the end of ICE. In many ways, this is an opportunity for the domestic automotive industry to continue its amazing advancements in ICE technology. There continues to be very little public discussion about the downside impacts BEV will have in future… be it design, production and disposal. Most of you dinosaurs should be able to wrap your head around the notion that ‘ what sounds too good to be true… probably is not!

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