EPA’s New Mandate Designed ‘to Ensure Nearly 70%’ of New Car Sales be Electric Vehicles Within a Few Years

2024-03-21 08:00:23

Instead of heeding the warnings about the practicality of EV ownership and maintenance in the country, Biden’s EPA persists in using regulations to bend the American people to its will.

This week, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is poised to finalize emissions rules that will effectively require a certain percentage—as much as two-thirds by 2032—of new cars to be all-electric, Politico and other outlets have reported in recent days. The ruling could be announced as soon as this Wednesday.

These standards could first loosen the tough EV requirements between 2027 and 2030, but then mandate an aggressive ramping up of EV sales from 2031. In other words, these revised rules would give car companies a bit of a pass on EVs in the short term, while still pushing for a mostly-electric future starting in the next decade.

Biden will force EVs on everyone:

In a joint announcement Wednesday, the White House and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) unveiled the most aggressive multi-pollutant emission standards ever finalized. While the regulations target gas-powered vehicles, they are explicitly designed to push wider nationwide adoption of electric vehicles (EV) and, according to officials, are expected to ensure nearly 70% of all new car sales are zero-emissions within a few years.

When the tailpipe emissions rules kick in, automakers will be compelled to increase production and sales of EVs, plug-in hybrids, traditional hybrids and fuel cell vehicles. Under one “low cost” model EPA outlined in the rule, officials said automakers would be forced to ensure 56% of light-duty car sales are battery electric and another 13% are hybrid by 2032.

The regulations represent a version of the so-called “alternative C” approach detailed in EPA’s original proposal first publicized in April 2023. The White House originally projected last year that, under the rule, up to 67% of new vehicle sales would be battery electric by 2032, but after a lengthy public comment period and meetings with automakers and labor groups, it scaled down the regulations.

We have written several posts over the last two years chronicling the decline and fall of the electric vehicle empire. Some “highlights”

Automakers and car dealers have regrets:

There are specific challenges EVs face under extreme weather conditions:

There are significant supply chain issues:

There are also reports that EV drivers are experiencing “range anxiety,” and short trips have doubled or more in time due to charging times.  Americans seem less trusting of “The Science” and are now climate-crisis-questioning. This may, in part, explain why I reported there was a noticeable slowdown in EV sales a few months ago.

The market share decline has hit super-progressive California.

After years of rapid expansion, California’s booming EV market may be showing signs of fatigue as high vehicle prices, unreliable charging networks and other consumer headaches appear to dampen enthusiasm for zero-emission vehicles.

For the first time in more than a decade, electric vehicle sales dropped significantly in the last half of 2023. There are even signs that Californians may be growing tired of Tesla — or at least weary of its outspoken chief executive, Elon Musk — as state Tesla sales fell 10% in the final quarter of last year.

Significant layoffs have also occurred in the nickel and lithium processing facilities that process the materials used to make these cars.

However, as interest in EVs has slipped, lithium and nickel facilities – metals used in lithium-ion batteries for electric vehicles – are taking cost-cutting measures including mass layoffs and suspending operations.

The demand for electric vehicles surged in 2022, rising by 76 percent in April of that year, but by the end of 2023, the number of vehicles sold dropped to just 50 percent.

The “climate crisis” pseudoscience used as an excuse to impose emissions standards so strict that internal combustion engine vehicles would not be an option for purchase.

The rule would require carmakers to cut their average emissions of carbon dioxide 52 percent between 2027 and 2032. EPA projects that the standard would push the car industry to ensure that electric cars and light trucks make up about 67 percent of new vehicles by model year 2032.

A separate climate rule for heavy-duty trucks is expected to be announced later.

The timing of the ruling is intended to prevent Donald Trump from rolling back these Requirements should he prevail in November.

Finishing the rules in the next two months could be critical to insulating them from rollbacks by a potential second Trump administration. Former President Donald Trump has vowed to reverse Biden’s major climate initiatives, directing special ire at what he calls the administration’s “ All Electric Car Lunacy.”

How can one regulatory agency wield such power? I think it is time for our other two branches of government to step in and reign in the power-crazed eco-activists at this agency.

One last thought: Biden’s vaccine mandate has proven quite unpopular and damaging to the nation. Should the mandate to expand the EV market go forward, it will likely be toxic to the nation’s prosperity…and create a long list of unintended consequences.


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