Biden Administration Likely To Slow EV Policy Transition Ahead Of 2024 Presidential Election

Administration Likely to Issue Compromise Final Rule on Tailpipe Emission Standards

The Biden Administration is currently weighing whether to scale back its plan to significantly reduce vehicle tailpipe emissions to combat climate change. EPA designed the stringent new tailpipe standards so that 67 percent of new car and light truck sales would be all electric by 2032, up from just 7.6 percent market share in 2023. The rapid ramp up of EV sales is a concern to auto manufacturers who are worried about lack of consumer acceptance of EVs.

Manufacturer sales projections for EVs have lagged significantly as consumers are increasingly put off by high sticker prices, range anxiety and lack of EV fueling stations. Labor unions are concerned about job loss due to the drastic reduction of parts needed to assemble an EV as compared to a gasoline powered vehicle. Instead of the rapid switch initially planned, the administration would give auto manufacturers more time to ramp up EV production. The extra time would be used by manufacturers to test longer lasting and cheaper battery technologies, better source components and increase investment in charging infrastructure – all designed to increase consumer acceptance of EVs. No new timetable to meet EV production goals has been disclosed. The EPA is expected to issue a final rule implementing the delay by April 2024.

Rep. Randy Feenstra (R-IA) and Senator Mike Crapo (R-ID) led a bicameral letter urging President Biden and the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) to immediately halt and reject the tailpipe rule that would essentially require 67 percent of new light-duty vehicles and 46 percent of medium-duty vehicles to be electric by 2032 – ignoring the Department of Energy’s outlook on the automobile industry when they said that 4 out of 5 vehicles will still be run on liquid fuels in 2050. As was shown from the recent cold snap, Biden’s mandates will not work when EVs are unreliable, especially during the harsh winter months.

“President Biden has made his intentions clear. He would rather force American families – who are already facing financial hardship under the weight of inflation spurred by trillions in wasteful government spending – to buy electric vehicles to advance his Green New Deal agenda than allow folks to choose the best car or truck for their families, businesses, and farms at an affordable price. This misguided decision also strengthens China while weakening our economy because the critical materials needed to manufacture electric vehicles are primarily sourced from China,” said Rep. Feenstra. “Alongside Senator Mike Crapo, I’m proud to lead nearly 140 of my colleagues in urging President Biden to withdraw the proposed rule that would attempt to replace liquid fuels and combustion engines with unreliable and unaffordable electric vehicles. We witnessed people stranded in the cold waiting for their electric vehicle to charge or venturing through winter storms to find a charging station, further highlighting that mandating electric vehicles nationwide is ridiculous. The Biden Administration’s radical policies have consequences, and the American people repeatedly pay the price for its costly mandates and red tape. I encourage President Biden to rescind this proposed rule immediately and work with Republicans to lower costs for our families, farmers, and small businesses.”