Biden’s Commerce Chief Raises Alarm over ‘National Security Concerns about Electric Vehicles’ Manufactured in China

Democrat President Joe Biden’s Commerce Department chief has spoken out to raise the alarm over “national security concerns about electric vehicles,” in direct conflict with the green agenda of the White House.

Biden has been incessantly pushing a societal transition toward all-electric vehicles (EVs).

The push for EVs from the Biden administration has been relentless despite robust criticism and legitimate concerns raised not just by his political opposition but also by top auto industry experts.

However, officials within Biden’s own administration are also expressing doubt over the agenda.

That includes Biden’s Commerce Secretary Gina Raimondo.

In a recent interview, Raimondo said that she has “national security concerns about electric vehicles,” particularly those manufactured in China.

Raimondo noted that the Biden admin “probably” needs to do more to address the issues, Breitbart reported.

The comments from Sec. Raimondo regarding the “national security concerns” over Chinese EVs came during an appearance Friday on CNBC’s “Closing Bell: Overtime.”

During the interview, Raimondo spoke with co-host Morgan Brennan about a range of different but related tech issues like artificial intelligence, electric vehicles, and semiconductor chips, among other subjects.

Brennan asked at one point about a recent report detailing how U.S. automakers — Ford, General Motors, and Stellantis — viewed Chinese-built electric vehicles as an impending “existential threat” to their market survivability once those Chinese EVs began to be sold in large quantities in the U.S.

That is largely because the Chinese EVs are built with cheap labor and inexpensive materials.

They are also heavily subsidized by China’s ruling government, the Chinese Communist Party.

This makes Chinese EVs far more affordable for consumers than similar models built in the U.S.

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“Stellantis’ CEO saying low-cost Chinese EVs are, going to be an ‘existential problem,’ just a few days ago,” Brennan said.

“We know Europe’s grappling with this problem. In the U.S., we already have a tariff on Chinese EV imports.

“Do more actions need to be taken?”

“Probably, yes. I share the concern,” Raimondo replied.

“By the way, I have national security concerns about electric vehicles.

“An electric vehicle has sensors and semiconductors.

“They know who’s driving it, where they’re driving, huge amounts of data.

“Chinese EVs on our road, is that data going back to Beijing in ways that undermine our national security?

“We’re looking hard at that.”

“Additionally, what you say, listen, I have always maintained Americans can compete if there’s a level playing field,” she continued.

“And you have a situation where China is distorting the market dynamics due to subsidies and low costs of capital.

“And so, I know the president is deeply concerned about both of these issues and the administration is being thoughtful,” the secretary added.

“We want to get it right, but have our eye, certainly, on the ball of thinking about what can we do, what must we do to protect Americans.”

It was just a few weeks earlier that Sec. Raimondo raised similar national security concerns about Chinese EVs during an Atlantic Council event in late January that was largely focused on strengthening the economic ties between the U.S. and the European Union.

In discussing some of the shared national security concerns between the U.S. and E.U., Raimondo said, “Electric vehicles we have to keep our eye on.

“The number of Chinese-made electric vehicles being sold in Europe today is vastly more than even a year or two years ago.

“Why is that? What is really going on in China?

“How is the government subsidizing the whole ecosystem?”

“That’s a trade distortion. Separately, there’s a national security distortion,” she continued.

“Tesla is not allowed — you can’t drive a Tesla on certain parts of Chinese roads, they say for national security reasons.

“Well, think about that. What are the national security concerns — forget about trade, OK?

“Forget about trade. Forget about tariffs. Forget about the economics of it.

“I’m just talking national security.”

“A sophisticated EV, and then an autonomous vehicle, is filled with thousands of semiconductors and sensors,” the secretary said.

“It collects a huge amount of information about the driver, the location of the vehicle, the surroundings of the vehicle.

“Do we want all that data going to Beijing?”

“So I think that that’s just one example, EVs,” she added.

“You could ask the same questions about semiconductors, many of which are made in China.

“We had a session about that this morning; same thing.

“US and European interests, economically, but even more importantly national security, are really intertwined.

“And the way you do it — AI, CHIPS, quantum, EVs — together.”

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By Nick R. Hamilton

Nick has a broad background in journalism, business, and technology. He covers news on cryptocurrency, traditional assets, and economic markets.

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