President Biden announced he will sign an executive order requiring zero admissions from half of all new vehicles sold by 2030 as well as a reversal of Trump’s vehicle standards and $174B for electric vehicle infrastructure.
Biden to order half of all new vehicles to be zero-emission by 2030
On Thursday, President Joe Biden announced that he will sign an executive order requiring that 50% of all vehicles sold by the year 2030 will have to have zero emissions.
“The future of the auto industry is electric — and made in America,” Biden said in a tweet. “Today I’m signing an executive order with a goal to make 50% of new vehicles sold by 2030 zero-emission — and unveiling steps to reverse the previous administration’s short-sighted rollback of vehicle standards.”
Reversal and tightening of Trump-era standards except for two
Biden’s tweet slammed the Trump administration for rolling back fuel efficiency and tailpipe emissions standards that had been stricter under regulations put in place by the Obama administration, NBC reported. However, the Biden administration will not only restore them but in some areas will make them more stringent.
The only standards from the Trump administration that will be left in place are those for miles per gallon until the model year 2024 and for greenhouse gas emissions until the model year 2023, NBC reported.
White House releases “fact sheet” on the 2030 vehicle plan
“Specifically, 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,” the White House press release said. “The Executive Order also kicks off development of long-term fuel efficiency and emissions standards to save consumers money, cut pollution, boost public health, advance environmental justice, and tackle the climate crisis.”
Biden calls for $174 billion in spending for electric vehicle infrastructure
Earlier this year, President Biden called for $174 billion in federal spending to build an infrastructure of a half-million electric vehicle charging stations across the country.
Currently, the biggest impediment to adopting electric vehicles is the lack of charging stations and the fear people have of running out of battery.
Experts say that without federal investments to create an electric vehicle infrastructure, it will be difficult to make emission-free vehicles viable on a wide scale for Americans.