Biden’s lofty EV requirements might not survive the election year

Biden’s lofty EV requirements might not survive the election year
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President Joe Biden speaking at a GM electric vehicle assembly plant.

  • EPA’s aggressive EV requirements are likely to ease up, according to reports.
  • Automakers wouldn’t have to reach 60% EV production by 2030 under revised rules.
  • EV demand has softened significantly in the past six months.

President Joe Biden’s aggressive electric vehicle requirements are likely to ease up ahead of the 2024 presidential election, according to reports.

Last spring, just before electric vehicle demand began to soften, the EPA proposed a 56% reduction in new vehicle emissions by 2032, with automakers expected to aim for EVs to make up 60% of new vehicle production by 2030.

The eased rules are expected to bring that EV production requirement below 60% by 2030, according to Reuters.

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The incoming revision comes amid continuing pressure from car companies and the United Auto Workers union to ease the requirements as well as loud criticism from Republicans and their presidential candidate frontrunner Donald Trump.

After a long wait, Biden finally nabbed an endorsement from the UAW in January. The union, which President Shawn Fain says supports an electric future for the automotive industry, has expressed concern with the pace of Biden’s proposed ramp-up in EV sales.

The EV Plateau

Political pressures aside, a rethinking of emission restrictions and EV requirements may have been inevitable after demand for vehicles pulled back more drastically in the second half of 2023.

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As wealthy early adopters drop out of the EV market and more frugal buyers enter, a mismatch between supply and demand for plug-ins has thrown the initial growth curve for EVs out of whack.

Car dealers were among the first to sound the alarm on the sea change for EVs, turning away allocations of electric cars they didn’t think they could sell. Companies responded by pulling back on EV production and abandoning aggressive EV targets in Q4.

Car companies started this year by going back to the drawing board on their own aggressive EV plans, responding to a plateau in the segment.

The automotive industry was once split on the path forward for electric vehicles, with one camp seeking to skip plug-in hybrids and focus solely on pure electrics while the other focused on hybrids as a near-term technology bridge with more EVs down the road.

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The EPA’s revised requirements would support the hydrid approach, which is gaining momentum after a recent move from GM to bring hybrids to North America.

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