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POTUS Announces New Emissions Standards, Wants 50% Of Cars to Be Electric By 2030

President Joe Biden unveiled another component of his administration’s plan to fight the climate crisis on Thursday, announcing a new target that half of the vehicles sold in the country by 2030 will be battery-powered, electric, fuel-cell electric, or plug-in hybrid.

The President signed the executive order at the White House alongside representatives from Ford, GM, and Stellantis, and members of the United Auto Workers Union. The automakers are supporting Biden’s new target, announcing their “shared aspiration” that 40-50% of their cars sold by 2030 to be electric vehicles, according to a joint statement from the three automakers.

Speaking from the White House South Lawn on Thursday afternoon in front of four electric vehicles, Biden said the future of America’s car manufacturing “is electric and there’s no turning back.”

The Environmental Protection Agency and Department of Transportation also announced Thursday they are reversing a Trump-era rollback of fuel emissions standards. The newly proposed standards from the agencies for light-duty vehicles will be 10% more stringent than the Trump-era rules for 2023 model year vehicles, then becoming 5% more stringent each year though 2026 model year vehicles.

 

The proposed emissions standard for 2026 is 52 miles per gallon, up from 43.3 miles per gallon under the Trump administration, which is the current mileage standard. The new standard is also up from 50.8 miles per gallon under the Obama administration rules for 2026.

The Biden administration’s proposed standard would translate to a label value – what the consumer would see on a new car sticker – of 38.2 mpg. The EPA estimates that implementing these standards would avoid 2.2 billion tons of carbon dioxide emissions through 2050.

Throughout President Biden’s remarks, he emphasized that a move toward electric vehicles should come with an assurance that those vehicles and the batteries powering them should be made in the US and with union workers. “The question is whether we’ll lead or fall behind in the race for the future,” the President said.



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