US government will stop buying combustion vehicles from 2035

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But there are exceptions, including for military vehicles

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The American state owns over 650,000 vehicles and buys around 50,000 more each year. In order to reduce emissions, the US government does not want to purchase combustion vehicles from 2035 onwards. Light commercial vehicles purchased by the US government should be emission-free by 2027. US President Jo Biden signed a corresponding regulation yesterday, Wednesday, as reported by Reuters.

The emissions caused by the government are to fall by 65 percent by 2030, by 2050 the aim is to achieve net zero emissions, i.e. to be climate-neutral on the balance sheet. To this end, the government also wants to try to use more and more electricity from climate-neutral sources.

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Joe Biden recently tested the Hummer EV, which will start shipping later this year

The US government is "the largest landowner, energy consumer and employer in the country," says the regulation. Therefore, it could change the way "how we build, buy and manage electricity, vehicles, buildings and other businesses in a clean and sustainable way."

In January, Biden announced that it would replace all US government vehicles with electric models. In the last year of 2020, however, only 0.5 percent of the fleet consisted of e-cars. In 2020, the government spent $ 4.2 billion on vehicle costs, including $ 730 million on fuel.

The new directive allows some exceptions, including for military vehicles. But there are also doubts as to whether the president’s armored limousine ("the Beast") will be electrically powered in the future. The Cadillac One from predecessor Donald Trump was a stretch limousine weighing over seven tons based on a truck chassis.. Biden could continue to use this "beast". The US website GM Authority already made a rendering of an alternative that at least carries the front of the electrically powered Cadillac Lyriq:

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Dan Becker, head of the Safe Climate Transport Campaign, said Biden shouldn’t wait until 2035 to electrify. There are already some electric vehicles on the market. Other brands could possibly be induced to produce e-cars by the higher demand.

The US state of California, like the EU Commission, wants to generally ban the sale of combustion vehicles (except trucks) from 2035. Biden did not join this plan. However, the president has published a (legally non-binding) plan according to which half of all new vehicles should be electrified by 2030; But this also includes plug-in hybrids. In addition, Biden plans to promote the purchase of electric vehicles with up to $ 12,500 in tax credits. Of this, $ 4,500 will only be granted for US vehicles.

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