President Biden is facing pressure from Democrats to set a hard deadline to eliminate the sale of gas-powered vehicles. California Senators Alex Padilla and Dianne Feinstein penned a letter to the President to set the deadline.
Recently, General Motors announced its goal to eliminatee gasoline passenger car and truck sales by 2035
The letter also urges Biden to use the deal Ford Motor Co, Honda Motor, BMW AG and Volkswagen AG made with the state of California, writing, “We believe the national baseline should, at an absolute minimum, be built around the technical lead set by companies that voluntarily advanced their agreements with California. … California and other states need a strong federal partner.”
Although Biden has vociferously supported electric vehicles, during his presidential campaign he would not set a hard date to eliminate the sales of gas-powered vehicles. In late January, at a press conference about an executive order to expand the “Buy American” act of 1933, Biden stated, “The federal government also owns an enormous fleet of vehicles, which we’re going to replace with clean electric vehicles made right here in America, by American workers.”
In September, California Democrat Governor Gavin Newsom signed an executive order calling on the state’s air resources agency to force new cars and passenger trucks sold to be zero-emission by 2035. But in October, Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Andrew Wheeler warned Newsom that the order was unrealistic and possibly illegal.
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