Biden's EV Order Faces Roadblocks

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Aug. 10, 2021—President Joe Biden’s electric car ambitions face real world roadblocks, the Wall Street Journal reports. 

Biden signed an executive order Thursday calling on sales of electric, fuel-cell and plug-in hybrids to account for 50% of car and light truck sales by 2030. However, the order has no binding authority. 

Among the issues cited in the report are public acceptance, access to charging stations and a current lack of tax incentives. 

"Possibly the biggest hurdle ahead is consumer acceptance," Jessica Caldwell, an analyst at auto-data firm Edmunds, told the publication. "What will it take for Americans to be willing to change their car ownership habits to go electric?"

Auto makers say they could meet a target of somewhere between 40% and 50% of sales, but only if Congress spends billions of dollars to build out a network of EV charging stations and provides tax incentives to consumers, among other measures.

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