If you work in the auto industry, this news may affect you in one way or another. Yes, auto dealers across the United States are opposing President Biden’s electric vehicle mandate, according to this report.
The Biden administration mandate has been met with criticism from a wide range of stakeholders, including 26 states and the energy, agriculture, and automotive industries.
The Department of Transportation’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) received more than 62,900 public comments related to the fuel economy regulations it issued in late July during its comment period, which ended Monday.
And yes, the so-called Corporate Average Fuel Economy (CAFE) standards received opposition letters from a wide range of stakeholders, including 26 states and the energy, agriculture, and automotive industries.
The American Petroleum Institute (API) has argued that the proposed fuel economy standards would harm consumer choice, raise costs, and create a non-resilient transport sector that is “vulnerable to unexpected disruptions” since it would be dependent on electric vehicles.
The API group also argued that NHTSA lacks the authority to implement regulations that “effectively require electrification” of a portion of the U.S. vehicle fleet.
The Biden administration has set a goal of ensuring 50% of car purchases are electric by 2030, and has since pushed aggressive tailpipe emissions regulations and fuel economy standards to incentivize greater electric vehicle purchases.
However, critics argue that the proposed fuel economy standards would increase consumer costs and unfairly burden U.S. businesses1. The proposed regulations have been described as a “de facto ban” on gas cars by the API.
The proposed fuel economy standards have also sparked criticism from top U.S. auto groups, including some who have criticized the targets as “out of whack” and unachievable.
A trade group representing Ford, General Motors, and other automakers called the EPA proposal “aggressive by any measure” and wrote in a statement that it exceeds the Biden administration’s 50% electric vehicle sales target for 2030 announced less than two years ago.
The Biden administration has argued that the new proposed vehicle standards are a “historic” investment that will slash carbon emissions, improve air quality, and lower costs for consumers.
However, the proposed regulations have been met with resistance from various stakeholders, including auto dealers, who argue that the regulations would harm consumer choice and raise costs.
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