Sun, 24 Oct 2021

WASHINGTON, D.C.: In a bid to reduce greenhouse gas pollution, the White House has asked automakers to voluntarily pledge to ensure that 40 percent of their new autos are electric vehicles by 2030.

As early as next week the administration could announce proposed revisions to vehicle emissions standards running through 2026.

Sources said a voluntary electric vehicle target of 50 percent could be agreed to, but noted that no agreement with automakers has been reached and many details remain under discussion, such as whether a commitment will include various gasoline-electric hybrids.

Meanwhile, officials at the United Auto Workers said they have made no agreements and sought to remind the administration that the requirement to manufacture electric vehicles could put jobs at risk.

General Motors, Ford and the White House have refused to comment on the ongoing discussions.

Earlier, Ford said it plans "at least 40% of our global vehicle volume being all-electric by 2030."

Meanwhile, the Democrats have sought a binding target for adopting electric vehicles, however, the Biden administration has refused to set such a target.

In March, 71 Democrats in the U.S. House of Representatives urged Biden to establish stringent emissions rules to guarantee that 60 percent of new passenger cars and trucks are zero-emission by 2030.

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