Biden's EV Order Faces Roadblocks
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.