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GM wants Trump to back national electric vehicle program

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Staff Writer | October 26, 2018
General Motors said on Friday it wants the Trump administration to back a nationwide program to boost the sale of zero emission vehicles.
Mark Reuss
America   GM product chief Mark Reuss
GM says a nationwide program modeled on California's effort could result in 7 million electric vehicles, or EVs, on U.S. roads by 2030. The largest U.S. automaker said the requirements would not apply if "battery cost or infrastructure targets are not practicable within the time frame."

GM product chief Mark Reuss told reporters that governments and industries in Asia and Europe "are working together to enact policies now to hasten the shift to an all-electric future. It's very simple: America has the opportunity to lead in the technologies of the future."

A national mandate also would create jobs and reduce fuel consumption, CO2 emissions and "make EVs more affordable," Reuss added.

GM has said it plans to offer 20 EVs by 2023 globally.

The Trump administration in August proposed reversing Obama administration fuel rules and freezing standards at 2020 model year levels through 2026.

The administration also proposed barring California from setting its own emissions requirements or requiring more zero emission vehicles. The administration is also considering eliminating all emissions compliance credits that automakers receive for building EVs.


 

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