Biden’s EV efforts collide with politics, industry pressure

By Zack Colman | 02/22/2024 06:20 AM EST

Slowing electric car sales, anxious union workers and the president’s campaign troubles in Michigan are complicating one of his most ambitious climate policies.

A group of Tesla cars line up at charging stations in Littleton, Colo.

Tesla cars line up at charging stations in Littleton, Colorado. David Zalubowski/AP

President Joe Biden’s hopes for an electric-car takeover of America’s highways are running into speed bumps — amid weaker-than-expected sales and uncertainty over how the green agenda is playing in the crucial swing state of Michigan.

And now his regulators are poised to ease back the throttle, three people familiar with the administration’s internal deliberations told POLITICO.

EPA is leaning toward approving a compromise regulation on car and truck pollution that could slow the initial pace of the required cuts compared with a draft proposal the administration released last year, the three people said. The change could mean that for the rest of this decade, electric vehicle sales would climb more incrementally than EPA had originally projected.
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But the cuts — and expected EV sales — would accelerate after 2030. By 2032, more than two-thirds of new cars and light trucks sold in the U.S. would be electric, just as the agency had projected last year.