House panel sets up markup on AM radio mandate

By Emma Dumain | 05/23/2024 06:24 AM EDT

The legislation would ignore concerns from some electric vehicle manufacturers.

Rep. Gus Bilirakis (R-Fla.).

Rep. Gus Bilirakis (R-Fla.), chair of the Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Innovation, Data and Commerce, is sponsoring legislation that would force cars to play AM radio. Francis Chung/POLITICO | Francis Chung/E&E News

A House Energy and Commerce subcommittee will vote on legislation Thursday that would force new cars to be outfitted with AM radio capabilities.

The Subcommittee on Innovation, Data and Commerce markup will test the strength of the bipartisan bill’s opposition. Critics of the “AM Radio for Every Vehicle Act” say it would undermine the shift to electric vehicles and thwart the Biden administration’s climate goals.

“It is not going to be helpful,” Gary Shapiro, CEO of the Consumer Technology Association, told E&E News.


The Alliance for Automotive Innovation and Zero Emission Transportation Association have voiced similar concerns about the bill.