As makes and models are strategically discontinued, the U.S. government still plans for consumers to eventually switch to all-electric vehicles.
This article is based on corporate postings and accredited media reports. Linked information within this article is attributed to the following outlets: CarandDriver.com, Reuters.com, and Google.com.
I rarely write about the ending of car models on NewsBreak, as the majority of decisions in terms of discontinuance of vehicles tends to be announced — though there are always exceptions — during the latter part of the year.
However, due to our government’s push for eventual all-electric vehicles on the part of consumers, these updates may appear with increased frequency in the near-future.
My July 26th article, “National Orders Expected to Cease Production and Purchase of Gas-Powered Cars in Push For All-Electric Vehicles,” excerpted a Reuters.com press release, which you can read here, titled “U.S. Government to End Gas-Powered Vehicle Purchases by 2035 Under Biden Order.”
The release stated: The U.S. government plans to end purchases of gas-powered vehicles by 2035 in a move to lower emissions and promote electric cars under an executive order signed by President Joe Biden on Wednesday. The government owns more than 650,000 vehicles and purchases about 50,000 annually. Biden's executive order said that light-duty vehicles acquired by the government will be emission-free by 2027. Total federal government operations will reduce emissions by 65% by 2030 under the plan. The government will seek to consume electricity only from carbon-free and non-polluting sources on a net annual basis by 2030 and have net-zero emissions by 2050.
Such a move is hoped by climate activists to entirely eliminate gas-powered vehicles from U.S. roads within the same period.
Though none of the current discontinuances as listed in this article appear to be related to these long-term plans, it has been discussed by analysts that future such decisions will likely be impacted by this issue.
Let us explore further.
According to an October 13th article from CarandDriver.com, “These Vehicles Are Dead For 2023,” several long-term makes and models are being discontinued with the end of the current calendar year. Those vehicles include the Acura ILX — whose new model of Acura Integra marks the end of the specialized sedan — the Acura NSX, the Buick Encore, the Chevrolet Spark, the Chevrolet Trax, the Ford GT, the Honda Insight and others.
The article states: The checkered flag is waving for a number of vehicles after the 2022 model year. It’s time to bid farewell to fuel-sipping economy cars such as the Chevrolet Spark and Hyundai Accent, and supercars including the Acura NSX, Ford GT, and Lamborghini Aventador. Not even functional little work vans are safe, as witnessed by the demise of the Ram ProMaster City.
Other makes and models, as a targeted Google search verifies, are largely expected by analysts to be discontinued before the year’s end, though they have yet to be announced.
To reiterate, though future decisions of this nature are likely to be impacted by an eventual switch to all-electric vehicles, the current discontinuances are largely strategic and based on financial-related issues.
In the event of expected updates to these matters, I will share them here on NewsBreak.
Thank you for reading.