Electric Vehicles (EVs) Are Coming On Quickly
- No Help Needed From EPA
Marietta GA, December 21, 2021 - Don Parsons
The EPA on Monday, December 20, 2021 announced new vehicle emission standards to serve as a centerpiece of the Biden administration’s climate and electrification agenda. Administrator Michael S. Regan announced the standards, flanked by several electric vehicles and joined by clean air and electrification advocates. Regan said the agency is responding to scientific evidence that calls for reducing the greenhouse gas emissions fueling climate change.

In a statement, John Bozzella, president and CEO of the Alliance for Automotive Innovation, noted that the finalized rules released Monday will require a substantial increase in electric vehicle sales. “Achieving the goals of this final rule will undoubtedly require enactment of supportive governmental policies – including consumer incentives, substantial infrastructure growth, fleet requirements, and support for U.S. manufacturing and supply chain development,” Bozzella said.

They would have the benefit of the billions of dollars included in the bipartisan infrastructure law devoted to building out a national EV charging network. Senator Joe Manchin, III, D-WVA has announced he will not support the BBB legislation, which effectively halts that legislation as it currently is written.

EVs will dominate vehicle sales at some point, there is no doubt. The number of EV models already offered is extensive and continues to grow. Some major manufacturers have announced dates for discontinuing the manufacture of internal combustion powered vehicles.

EVs competed early in the auto boom of the early 20th century. Detroit Electric manufactured EVs until 1939. EVs have amazing torque, and the range continues to improve. In Georgia, with a significant segment of the electricity portfolio provided by nuclear, there is no doubt that EVs provide for cleaner air.

Georgians can be proud of the work that has been done in our state to to be a very significant part of the advancement and production of EVs and the storage capabilities of batteries needed to power them. The very recent announcement that Rivian Inc.
will invest $5 billion in a carbon-conscious campus in Georgia for its electric adventure vehicles is a great example. Across operations, Rivian will create approximately 7,500 jobs. This is the result of the free market, and not federal government spending of taxpayer money.

That being said, the Director of the EPA apparently fails to comprehend a few important points. First of all, the planning for necessary improvements to the electric power grid in the U.S. have not been completed, much less the work, itself. Then, there is the issue of how low income individuals and families can possibly afford to purchase EVs; it is one thing to buy an $1,500 worn-down gasoline powered vehicle, and quite another to buy a new EV, costing at least $30k.  Finally, the new EPA requirements are based on the numerous tax credits incentives in Biden's BBB legislation that Senator Manchin has thrown a major monkey wrench into.

Even so, surely with knowledge that the necessary planning and work is not yet done to provide for the logistics needed for massive EV charging, the Director of the EPA marches on with new emissions standards.  The Biden administration is determined to accelerate the purchase of EVs. The new rule will make it more difficult for manufacturers to meet standards. It will make it more expensive for Americans to get to work and to the doctor's office. And it would be difficult, and sometimes impossibe, to charge the growing number of EVs the administration wishes to be on the road, in an unrealistic time frame.

------- Don Parsons