GM Wants A Nationwide EV Sales Program That’s Opposing Trump’s Plans

General Motors wants federal regulators in the U.S. to embrace a nationwide electric-car sales program similar to California’s zero-emission vehicle sales mandate.

GM’s push stands in stark contrast to the Trump administration wanting to end California’s EV sales mandate and represents a clear move from the auto industry to push back on Trump’s proposal to cap fuel-economy requirements in 2020.

Bloomberg reports that a nationwide EV sales program could put up to 7 million long-range EVs on U.S. roads by 2030 and subsequently save 375 million tons of carbon dioxide.

In August, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) recommended keeping federal fuel economy requirements at 37 miles per gallon (6.4 lt/100 km) from 2020 through 2026. Under rules introduced by the Obama administration, fuel economy requirements were to rise to roughly 47 mpg (5.0 lt/100 km) by 2020. The agencies assert that these alterations can reduce societal costs by as much as $500 billion and reduce highway deaths by as many as 1,000 a year.

Numerous car manufacturers announced their support to Trump’s plan to relax these fuel economy rules, but now some say the proposals are too aggressive. According to GM executive vice president of global product development, Mark Reuss, the new rules could force manufacturers to build vehicles specially for California and the 12 states with the same standards, and another range of vehicles for the rest of the country.

It is reported that U.S. and California officials are holding talks about whether uniform EV standards can be introduced nationwide. GM also hopes that the government will enhance the existing $7,500 federal tax credit for EV buyers. Given that a Republican Senator is moving to eliminate federal incentives altogether and instead tax EVs, we’d say that this doesn’t look likely.

General Motors stands to benefit greatly from nationwide EV sales requirements as it is in the process of readying a range of electric vehicles.

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  • NOTHING STOPPING THEM FROM BUILDING DESIRABLE ELECTRIC CARS. THEY COULD HAVE BEEN WORKING ON THIS FOR DECADES BUT NOW THEY COME UP WITH AN EXCUSE. THE TOADSTOOL ISN’T GOING TO BE AROUND INDEFINITELY.

    • Marc Gruben

      You can have as many desirable electric cars as possible, but nobody wants to deal with the increased strain on the national power grid. Sadly, most people think electricity comes from a plug. In order to adequately charge 100 million cars during a summertime heatwave where everybody is running their AC at max, or in the winter when we have downed powerlines all over the Northeast, we need a bunch of new Nuclear plants… oh wait, Nuclear is bad, we can’t have that. So let’s do a bunch of new clean-coal plants… oh wait, coal is bad, can’t do that. SOLAR!! That’s the answer… oh wait, solar would have to be done in such quantities taht we’d have to have massive solar farms in the desert where reflections off the panels would blind aircraft flying overhead. Meanwhile, environmental groups would be suing because we’d have to rip up the desert floor to run power lines. I’ve got it!!! Wind farms… oh wait, they make too much noise and kill raptor birds, they cost too much to maintain, and existing wind farms are already tied up in multiple lawsuits. Hey! Hydroelectric power… no, can’t do that because it alters the environment and will probably kill off a species of fish.

      Gasoline is still the most efficient power source for automobiles and the infrastructure has been there forever. It can be made more efficient. We just need some people with brainpower to make it happen

      • SO LET’S DO NOTHING AND LET CAR COMPANIES COME UP WITH EXCUSE NOT TO DO ANYTHING? MY POINT WAS THAT GM CAN DO IT EVEN IF THE TOADSTOOL WANT’S TO THROW A WRENCH IN THE WORKS. I’M NOT SUGGESTING THAT EVERYONE SHOULD BE REQUIRED TO BUY AN ELECTRIC BUT IT WOULD BE NICE IF THERE WERE MORE CHOICES.

  • MarkoS

    Stick to cars. Relaxed federal standards here aren’t stopping any manufacture from making clean cars.

  • danno

    No, but if you have proof, please provide it.

    • Yavor

      It’s in the article… you high?

    • tkindred

      His policies clearly reflect little regard or appreciaton for the environment. Very easy to find proof. Just Google it.

  • danno

    The general wants taxpayers to subsidize their EV sales. Hasn’t the taxpayer spent enough treasure on GM? If certain states want different standards, let the buyers in those states pay for the standards. Its not that complicated.

  • Sébastien

    GM doing this? Is it Apr 1st already?

  • Marc Gruben

    Henry Ford figured out that standardized, uniform production techniques could help lower costs all the way around. Why can’t this principal be applied to emissions standards? Simply adopt a new Nationwide emissions standard that matches California’s with the stipulation that California can no longer have its own standards. Let the CARB take the lead in proposing, but not mandating, new standards as time goes by. Secondly, adopt a new national gasoline formulation standard rather than all these ridiculous regional standards that force refineries to shut down and purge their lines several times a day. With one emissions standard and one fuel formulation standard for the entire country, you now present manufacturers with a simplified process that they can then focus all their energies on to make cars more efficient while improving performance across the board. This would also be a boon to refineries because they could operate more efficiently, potentially reducing fuel costs across the country

  • SteersUright

    Yes.

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