Could AM radio mandate hamper EV production?

By Emma Dumain | 05/10/2024 06:50 AM EDT

Bipartisan legislation would force automakers to install radio equipment that can take AM signals.

Sen. Ed Markey (D-Mass.).

Sen. Ed Markey (D-Mass.) speaks during a Senate Environment and Public Works Committee hearing on Capitol Hill on July 13, 2022. Francis Chung/POLITICO

Opponents of massively bipartisan legislation that would require all new vehicles to be outfitted with AM radio technology are trying to make the argument that such a federal mandate could undermine the Biden administration’s ambitious climate goals.

So far, that pitch is falling largely on deaf ears.

In recent interviews, many of Capitol Hill’s most committed environmentalists shrugged off the suggestion that their support of the “AM Radio In Every Vehicle Act” in any way contradicts their support for expanding the electric vehicle market.


“The EV market is not going to slow down because of AM radio,” said Rep. Debbie Dingell (D-Mich.). “That is bullshit if someone is telling you that.”