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Congress Must Find a Clear Path for EV Adoption and Infrastructure
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June 16, 2023

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In a recent blog post by the the American International Automobile Dealers Association, the author highlights the challenges and confusion surrounding electric vehicle (EV) sales and production in the U.S. The article points out that the current political climate, with lawmakers pushing their own agendas, has led to a lack of clear direction for the EV industry.

This confusion is further exacerbated by the introduction of the “Build it in America Act,” which could potentially overhaul the existing EV credit rules.

The Importance of a Stable EV Policy

The AIADA emphasizes the need for a stable and consistent EV policy, as automakers and dealers are expected to adapt quickly to changes in regulations. This is concerning given the Environmental Protection Agency’s  goal of increasing the share of EVs sold in the U.S. from 6 percent to 67 percent by 2032.

Auto manufacturers and dealers have been working with the government to promote EVs, but the lack of infrastructure and clear policy direction is causing frustration.

Unintended Consequences and Global Competition

The blog post also highlights the unintended consequences of lawmakers mandating EV adoption, such as laws that end up benefiting China, a country that dominates the critical minerals market needed for EV batteries.

On Monday, John Bozzella, CEO of the Alliance for Automotive Innovation, an advocacy group for manufacturers, said, ‘Official U.S. policy will have thrown open the doors—and the ports, as it were—to China.’

A Call for a Balanced and Measured Approach

The solution proposed is a balanced approach to EV policy that moves forward in a measured and deliberate way. This includes offering across-the-board EV tax credits, and allowing the free market to shift naturally to EVs at a pace that aligns with infrastructure, domestic supply chains, and consumer willingness.

By stepping back from the current politicized and all-or-nothing style of governance and focusing on a more measured strategy, the United States can ensure a smoother and more effective transition to a sustainable, electric future.

Read the entire blog post at AIADA.org.

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