GM Baits Trump With ZEV Program Calls

GM has thrown down the gauntlet to US President Donald Trump by calling for a nationwide zero-emissions vehicle program to be established.

Trump has made no secret of his desire for fewer ZEVs and electric vehicles to be produced in the country. Although its statement does not mention him by name, the automaker has now potentially angered him by saying a program promoting such vehicles would “promote the success of the US automotive industry and preserve US industrial leadership for years to come”.

The company claims such a ZEV scheme could “place more than 7 million long-range EVs on the road by 2030, yielding a cumulative incremental reduction of 375 million tons of CO2 emissions between 2021 and 2030 over the existing ZEV program”. It says it plans to formally file its suggestion of the scheme as comments on the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)’s Safer Affordable Fuel-Efficient (SAFE) Vehicles Proposed Rule for Model Years 2021-2026.

Cadillac president Mark Reuss said: “We believe in a policy approach that better promotes US innovation and starts a much needed national discussion on electric vehicle development and deployment in this country. A national zero-emissions program will drive the scale and infrastructure investments needed to allow the US to lead the way to a zero-emissions future”.

Among GM’s suggested features for a national ZEV program are the establishment of “ZEV requirements (by credits) each year, starting at 7% in 2021 and increasing 2% each year to 15% by 2025, then 25% by 2030”. The automaker is also calling for a task force on the vehicles to be set up, and “additional consideration” to be given for vehicles that are both electric and autonomous.


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