Democrat President Joe Biden and his administration are set to launch another major crackdown on gas-powered vehicles.
The move comes as the Biden admin seeks to push the American people into buying expensive electric vehicles (EVs)
According to a new report from Reuters, Biden’s Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is preparing to enact “sweeping cuts in vehicle emissions pollution that will push automakers towards a big increase in electric vehicle sales.”
To meet the demands of the new rules, automakers will need to massively decrease gas-powered vehicle sales.
“Environmental groups and some automakers think the proposal will result in at least 50 percent of the U.S. vehicle fleet by 2030 being electric or plug-in hybrids,” the report notes.
According to a separate Bloomberg report, these significant announcements are expected to be made on Wednesday in Detroit.
According to the two reports, it does appear that these sweeping changes stop just short of a full-on ban on gas-powered vehicles.
While these moves are being made to meet the goals of Biden’s “green” agenda, the move still appears to be ruffling feathers.
Even those who are on board with environmental initiatives are blasting the move.
The Alliance for Automotive Innovation, a trade group that represents nearly all automakers (including heavy hitters like Ford and Volkswagen) made it clear that the issue wasn’t the move to electric vehicles.
The issue is the timing of the move.
“The question isn’t whether it can be done, it’s how fast can it be done,” the alliance told Reuters.
According to the alliance, the main concern with the timing of this move is that automakers are worried about improving the current fleet of cars.
Manufacturers now have little incentive to improve those cars that will be soon phased out as electric vehicles become more prominent.
“Every dollar invested in internal combustion technology is a dollar not spent on zero carbon technology,” the alliance added.
Bloomberg also notes that automakers have actually been asking Biden for more time to better prepare for a mass shift to electric vehicles.
Meanwhile, EV manufacturers, like Elon Musk’s Tesla, actually want the government to enact even stricter restrictions on gas-powered vehicles.
As it stands, these changes could be sneaking up on Americans far sooner than expected.
Biden’s crackdown on gas-powered vehicles could impact vehicles manufactured for model years 2027 through 2032.
According to Bloomberg, these sweeping changes will focus on governing “tailpipe emissions of carbon dioxide, smog-forming nitrogen oxide and other pollution from vehicles.”
Biden and his administration have long stated their desire to crack down on gas-powered vehicles.
But aside from the concerns from automakers, however, everyday Americans who drive to work are being widely overlooked.
There are numerous, documented issues with EVs, ranging from the silly to the downright dangerous.
Even attempting to foist these changes on Americans could have an indelibly negative effect on Biden’s chances at re-election in 2024 — should he run again.
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