Biden: 50% of cars sold in America will be electric or hybrid by 2030

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President Joe Biden is seeking 50 percent of all new cars sold in the United States in 2030 to be all-electric, hybrid-electric or hydrogen-powered — a target he will set in an executive order at a later date, according to senior administration officials.

According to The Verege, his administration will propose new standards for fuel economy and emissions that would more or less erase the Trump administration’s retreat from former President Obama-era rules covering cars made until 2025.

Biden will also sign an executive order that instructs the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) to develop strict long-term rules to support his 2030 goal, which include medium and heavy duty vehicles as well.

The European Union had proposed a virtual ban on sales of new gas-powered passenger cars by 2035, although France has held back from phasing out hybrid cars, which still use fossil fuels.

The UK wants to stop selling new combustion-engine cars by 2030. China wants all new cars sold in 2035 to be at least hybrids, but aims for 50 per cent of cars to be electric or battery-powered hybrids. or run on hydrogen.

California, the absolute leader in statewide environmental regulations, is looking to ban new gas-powered cars by 2035.

On the policy side, the NHTSA’s proposed rule would look to secure average annual increases in fuel economy of just under four percent, according to Reuters, and a final fleet-wide average of about 52 miles per gallon for 2026 model vehicles.

Under Obama, automakers had to increase the average fuel economy of their fleets by five percent each year, aiming to reach an average fleet of 54 miles per gallon in 2026 model year cars.

And the Trump administration has lowered this dramatically — during the climate crisis and respiratory virus pandemic, no less to annual increases of just 1.5 percent and an average target of 40 miles per gallon. Excessive compliance” with the Obama-era rule.

At the same time, the EPA will propose a rule that requires emissions reductions that are proportional to the proposed fuel economy gains, where fuel consumption and exhaust emissions are intrinsically linked. The two rule proposals will now go through a months-long public comment process before final rules are proposed and accepted.

The Biden administration’s new proposals have the support of some major automakers, which will separately announce their own goals to electrify their fleets later in the day. Representatives from General Motors, Ford and Stellantes (the company created when Fiat Chrysler merged with France’s PSA Group) will appear alongside Biden as he announces executive orders and proposed rules, as well as leaders of the auto workers’ union.



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