‘Not listening to consumers’: EV debate rages in House hearing

By Andres Picon | 05/01/2024 06:26 AM EDT

A House panel focused on the challenges electric vehicle owners face.

Rep. John Duarte (R-Calif.).

Rep. John Duarte (R-Calif.) was sharply critical Tuesday of efforts to increase the use of electric cars and trucks. House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee/YouTube

House Republicans ratcheted up their attacks on the administration’s electric vehicle agenda Tuesday by bashing federal programs and hinting at new legislation.

Members of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Subcommittee on Highways and Transit took turns during a hearing criticizing President Joe Biden’s efforts to accelerate EV adoption — especially by pointing out the challenges that the trucking industry is facing as charging infrastructure remains slow to develop.

“The Biden administration is so focused on the president’s promise of achieving net-zero [emissions] by 2050 that it’s not listening to consumers who actually purchase vehicles, nor is it factoring in the realistic challenges of electrification at the expense of other viable fuel options,” said subcommittee Chair Rick Crawford (R-Ark.).


“There are even more challenges with trucks,” he added. “The technology needed to electrify the trucking industry isn’t ready.”