President Biden to announce 2030 as a target date for zero-emissions standards in new car sales.
To ensure meeting the new standard, Biden intends to extend emission regulations as punishment.
As part of the long-planned Green New Deal, these will be combined with new efficiency standards for cars that use petroleum.
“The President will sign an Executive Order that sets an ambitious new target to make half of all new vehicles sold in 2030 zero-emissions vehicles, including battery-electric, plug-in hybrid electric, or fuel cell electric vehicles,” a White House statement said.
Adding, it will position “America to drive the electric vehicle future-forward, outcompete China, and tackle the climate crisis.”
The higher price of electric transport has been led conservative lawmakers to object, calling for the free market to dictate the future of cars, not executive orders.
According to US News, in 2021, the least expensive new electric car is Mini Electric Hardtop starting at $29,000 excluding state and federal tax credits.
In contrast, the 2021 Chevrolet spark is the least expensive new car, starting at $13,400, as US News reports.
Many American manufacturers are already considering the 50 percent target; however, it is a steep step for the United States to achieve in under nine years.
Compared to China or Europe, the country has been slow to adopt such vehicles.
According to the International Energy Agency, in 2020, around 10 percent of European car sales are electric, while the United States accounts for less than two percent.
The problem of ensuring vehicles access to charging stations in homes, gas stops, and sufficient amounts of energy available is a big concern of most.
Breitbart News reported, California residents were discouraged from charging their electric cars during the recent heatwave because of the lack of available energy.
Current emission regulations – dating from March 2020- require manufacturers to improve energy efficiency by 1.5 percent between 2021 and 2026 compared to the five percent the Obama administration demanded.
The Biden administration did not unveil a new emission objective.