US President Biden wants 50 percent electric cars by 2030

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With the help of GM, Ford and Stellantis, the proportion of BEVs, PHEVs and FCEVs is to increase enormously

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US President Joe Biden wants to sign a non-binding ordinance today, Thursday, with an ambitious target for 2030: battery electric cars (BEVs), plug-in hybrids (PHEVs) and fuel cell vehicles (FCEVs) should end accounted for 50 percent of sales in the United States during the decade.

According to the White House press release, the planned measures should help "advance the future of the electric car, outperform China and overcome the climate crisis." So it’s not just about the issue of CO2, but also about competition with China – and of course also about well-paid jobs in the US auto industry.

The goal is implemented through a "non-binding regulation". This means that it is a voluntary agreement with the industry. The most important US manufacturers should be present at the signing: Ford, General Motors and Stellantis (as a group behind Chrysler and Jeep). The "Big Three" support the Biden Plan:

"Today Ford, GM and Stellantis announce their joint goal of selling 40-50% of annual US volume of electric vehicles (battery-electric, fuel cell and plug-in hybrids) by 2030, bringing the nation closer to an emission-free future in line with the Paris climate goals. " (Joint statement by Ford, GM and Stellantis)

Interestingly, however, the manufacturers deviate a little downwards from the Biden target of 50 percent in their statement. But even then, the goal remains ambitious, because the share of electric vehicles in US sales is currently two percent.

In any case, the three groups have already committed to accelerated electrification of their model range. The most ambitious seems to be GM; "the General" has decided to end the combustion in 2035.

In order to achieve this goal, the US administration wants to put together a package of measures with investments in various projects such as:

  • a better charging network
  • Incentives for consumers to buy e-cars
  • Financing the conversion of US suppliers to e-mobility
  • Promotion of research on future technologies

According to a report in the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung, the auto lobby organization Alliance for Automotive Innovation put the investment commitments at a total of $ 330 billion. This should include the 7.5 billion dollars that are earmarked for improving the charging infrastructure. In addition, the White House wants to impose purchase incentives of up to $ 100 billion. The necessary legislative package could be passed with a simple majority without the support of the Republicans in Congress, so the hope of Biden.

Another of Biden’s plans is to reverse the relaxation of the emission limits for cars and for pick-ups that are very popular in the USA. Biden’s predecessor Trump enforced these easing of the emission limits set in the Obama era. Biden wants to reverse this and further tighten the emission standards.

According to the White House, all of these measures should lead to a reduction in greenhouse gas emissions from new cars by more than 60 percent in 2030 compared to the emissions from the new car fleet in 2020.

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