President Joe Biden’s Administration for addressing vehicle standards through 2030, released its new interim federal clean car standards and plans. The President also signed an Executive Order with a non-binding goal to achieve 50% of all new cars sales to be electric by 2030 by investing in manufacturing capacity, parts, materials, American workers, and good jobs.
There have been tremendous opportunities to drive the shift towards electric vehicles as the cost has lower down and the technology has improved.
The US Environmental Protection Agency led Federal clean car standards, require vehicle manufacturers to check and lower passenger vehicle’s tailpipe emissions with the help of annual reduction in pollutants that causes climate change including CO2. These standards are applicable to tandem with US National Highway Traffic Safety Administration-led Corporate Average Fuel Economy (CAFE) standards which control the distance a passenger vehicle must go on a single gallon of fuel.
Such standards are a critical way to lessen total emissions by the transportation sector and assist the Biden Administration’s goal of cutting back 50-52% emissions by 2030 and net-zero by 2050. In addition to that, it also helps in limiting the harmful effects of vehicle pollution and saves drivers money with moving forward to zero-emission technologies such as battery electric vehicles.
The proposed clean car standards increase in stringency by 10% for the model year 2023 compared to the model year 2022. The standards would then increase by 5% each year from the model year 2024 through 2026. The Administration anticipates that these clean car standards coupled with the newly proposed CAFE standards for the model year 2024-2026 and more ambitious standards for model years 2026 and beyond will help achieve the goal for 50% of all new cars sales to be electric by 2030.
Amy Davidsen, Executive Director of North America at the Climate Group, said, “We’re pleased to see President Biden’s executive order to achieve at least 50% of all new cars sales to be electric. If we are to transition away from polluting vehicles fast enough to reach our net-zero goals by 2050, the climate crisis will require an even stronger response moving forward.”
She added, “We only have until the end of the decade to halve emissions to mitigate the worst impacts of climate change and we’re already seeing the costs of delayed climate action across the country from wildfires, droughts, and heatwaves to flash floods and power outages. We will need stronger clean car standards designed to achieve the even greater ambition of 100% ZEV sales ideally by 2030 that are competitive with recent commitments of other world leaders. The good news is that we have the technology, demand, and resources to do more to ensure American leadership on climate. Businesses are also driving change on the electric vehicle transition as seen by the leadership of members in EV100, our global initiative on sustainable transport.”
Technological advancements in the electric vehicle market have enhanced over the past decade. Through EV100, over 110 members are showcasing that rapid electrification is possible—more than 5 million vehicles will be electric—and deploy charging by 2030 through EV100.
To improve the air quality clean car standards would be effective for the US ensuring by 2030, emissions cut down to half. This will also boost the zero-emission vehicle economy, providing jobs to Americans. The US must continue to show its commitment to impactful climate action to advance globally.