Automakers: States ‘unlikely to reach’ 2035 gas-free goal

Source: By David Iaconangel, E&E News • Posted: Wednesday, May 5, 2021

 The auto industry’s largest trade group challenged 11 governors who are calling for a national phase-out of gasoline cars to put clean vehicles on their own roads first. The governors urged the Biden administration in April to ban sales of new light-duty gas cars by 2035, followed by medium- and heavy-duty models by 2045. That would place the entire country on the same track as California and a handful of other states. But in letters dated April 29 and shared with E&E News this week, the Alliance for Automotive Innovation warned the governors that their states were “unlikely to reach” 100% zero-emissions vehicle sales without doing more to stimulate consumer acceptance. The alliance cited low national sales rates for EVs of around 2% of the car market in 2020. The group urged “immediate and substantial action” from the governors, including more consumer rebates, low-carbon fuel standards, construction of EV and hydrogen stations in low-income areas, and fleet electrification by state agencies.