Thousands of American Auto Dealers Call on Biden to Scrap EV Mandate over Low Demand

Thousands of American auto dealers have signed a letter to Joe Biden, urging the Democrat president to scrap his electric vehicle (EV) mandate.

The group of 3,700 dealerships, which collectively sell every major brand of automakers in the United States, warn Biden that consumers are not interested in EVs.

After initial interest in the expensive vehicles, consumers have gone cold on EVs for various reasons.

In their letter to Biden, auto dealers warn that the president’s push to make two out of every three new cars sold by 2032 to be electric was highly unrealistic.

The industry experts insist that the demand for electric vehicles is no longer there to justify the shift.

They note that dealers across the country are no longer able to sell EVs due to the lack of consumer interest in the vehicles.

However, they state that they are under pressure to stock EVs because of federal regulations.

While there were good options for people wishing to buy electric vehicles, “the reality, however, is that electric vehicle demand today is not keeping up with the large influx of BEVs [Battery Electric Vehicle] arriving at our dealerships prompted by the current regulations.

“BEVs are stacking up on our lots.”

The dealerships said they’ve seen a drastic shift in demand for EVs in just the last year.

They are arriving on their lots faster than they can be sold.

The plummeting sales come despite “deep price cuts, manufacturer incentives, and generous government incentives,” the letter said.

“Mr. President, no government agency, no think tank, and no polling firm knows more about the automobile customer than us,” it continued.

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“Some customers are in the market for electric vehicles, and we are thrilled to sell them.

“But the majority of customers are simply not ready to make the change.”

The dealerships cited numerous reasons that consumers do not want electric vehicles, including their high cost, the lack of garages for home charging, the lack of access for public charging, the loss of driving range in hot or cold weather, and the “dramatic loss of range” when towing.

“Reliable charging networks, electric grid stability, sourcing of materials, and many other issues need time to resolve,” the letter said.

“And finally, many people just want to make their own choice about what vehicle is right for them.”

Mickey Anderson, president and chief executive officer of Baxter Auto Group, which owns and operates dealerships in several midwest states, said the situation is unprecedented.

Dealerships have “never seen a situation where government has intervened in such a draconian way,” Anderson said.

READ MORE: Toyota CEO Warns ‘Silent Majority’ of Automakers Don’t Believe in Electric Vehicles

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By Frank Bergman

Frank Bergman is a political/economic journalist living on the east coast. Aside from news reporting, Bergman also conducts interviews with researchers and material experts and investigates influential individuals and organizations in the sociopolitical world.

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