Another group that is not happy with the ban on gasoline cars: suppliers
There are fears that a too rapid switch to electric vehicles could lead to thousands of people losing their jobs.
U.S.-based auto parts companies have told U.S. lawmakers they oppose setting exact dates for ceasing sales of new gasoline vehicles in the country. As Reuters reported, auto suppliers also said the rapid transition to electric vehicles would cost the auto industry thousands of jobs.
Representatives from the Motor & Equipment Manufacturers Association (MEMA), which brings together more than a thousand auto parts suppliers, told the Senate Commerce Subcommittee that the Biden administration should continue to establish regulatory requirements for them. internal combustion engines so that automakers and their suppliers can continue to work to improve them.
The transition must be gradual, calls on MEMA
According to MEMA members, the industry’s transition to electric traction should be gradual. “If we move too quickly to a fully electrified fleet, we could lose 30% of supplier jobs in this country,” said Ann Wilson, association vice president for government affairs.
Additionally, she added that engines, transmissions, aftertreatment systems and other components simply won’t be produced after the industry shifts to electric traction. According to data cited by Reuters, approximately 560,000 people are employed in the production of automotive components in the United States.
Modern gasoline cars are able to run successfully in the future
Modern gasoline cars will be able to run successfully for at least another 20 years, says Wilson. They will be able to do so even taking into account the constant tightening of environmental requirements.
As Reuters reports, the governors of a dozen states, including California, New York, Massachusetts and North Carolina, as well as a number of US lawmakers have called on US President Joe Biden to support the initiative to stop sales of new gasoline and diesel. cars in the country from 2035. Meanwhile, in Biden’s own plans to reform infrastructure, such restrictions currently have no place.
But all the same, New York, for example, is acting independently and will soon join the list of states banning the sale of non-zero emission vehicles. The corresponding bill was passed by the state legislature, enjoying significant support. The bill is now sent to Governor Andrew Cuomo, where it is expected to ultimately pass.
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