Electric Car Goal 2030-United States of America

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Electric Car Goal 2030-United States of America

The President outlines a plan to tackle the climate crisis by cutting emissions and tightening pollution standards for cars and trucks.

Joe Biden is setting a goal for half of all new US vehicle sales to be electric by 2030, while also tightening pollution standards for cars and trucks, in a barrage of action aimed at reducing the largest source of planet-heating gases in America.

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On Thursday, the White House outlined its plan to tackle the climate crisis by cutting emissions from vehicles, with Biden set to sign an executive order demanding that 50% of all new cars and trucks sold by the end of the decade be powered by electric batteries.

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the US Department of transportation, meanwhile, are unveiling new fuel efficiency standards for vehicles to bolster pollution rules that were weakened under Donald Trump’s presidency. From 2023, new cars will be required to emit 10% less greenhouse gas emissions compared to the previous year, with further reductions of 5% a year mandated until 2026.

The crafting of this strategy follows months of talks between the Biden administration and major car manufacturers and, the White House hopes, will be paired with a new infrastructure bill that will fund a major upgrade in electric charging points across the US. The administration said the move will reduce CO2 emissions by 2bn tons, save 200bn gallons of gasoline and save drivers several hundred dollars in fuel savings.

The importance of these new vehicle emission standards is hard to overstate, said the director of the World Resources Institute. Along with the infrastructure investments currently under consideration by Congress, these standards will be among the most impactful measures that the Biden administration can take to address the climate crisis.

Trump’s rollback of clean car standards was initially welcomed by the auto industry, but many carmakers have since indicated a willingness to focus more on electric vehicles. Executives from Ford, GM, Stellantis, formerly Fiat Chrysler, as well as the United Auto Workers (UAW) union will appear with Biden at a White House event on Thursday to back the changes.

Electric vehicles comprise less than 2% of all car sales in the US last year, with many Americans still preferring large, carbon-intensive SUVs. However, electric vehicle sales are rising quickly and manufacturers have started to bring out an array of new models. In May, Ford, which has said 40% of its sales will be electric by 2030, unveiled a battery-driven version of its F-150 model, which has been America’s best-selling vehicle since the 1980s.

A joint statement by Ford, GM, and Stellantis said that the companies were aiming for 40% to 50% of electric sales by 2030. “This represents a dramatic shift from the US market today,” the statement read, adding that this could only be achieved if the federal government provides incentives to buy electric cars, invests in new charging infrastructure, and bolsters research and development funding. 

Some climate advocates argue that the US president’s measures do not go far enough, as the fuel efficiency standards reflect those of California, which struck a compromise deal with carmakers in the Trump era, rather than imposing a major upgrade on the previous standards.

We have already lost out on four years of climate progress under Donald Trump, and we can’t afford to lose any more time, Becca Ellison, deputy policy director at Evergreen Action. To meet our climate goals and build a future with more good jobs and less toxic pollution, President Biden should be championing a much faster transition to electric vehicles.

Biden has set a goal for the US to hit net zero emissions by 2050, a target that experts say will only be reached if America phases out sales of gasoline and diesel cars by around 2035. Campaigners want the president to quickly call time on the internal combustion engine. Biden can not think of himself as the climate president with a 50% electric vehicle goal, said the executive director of Sunrise Movement.

 

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