General Motors is calling on the Trump Administration to create a federal program to promote sales of zero-emissions vehicles such as electric cars, according to a Reuters report. The nationwide program would be based on existing measures by California, efforts which the White House has suggested it may restrict in the future. According to GM, if implemented nationally, such a program could see as many as 7 million electric cars in use by 2030.
The company’s proposal would create a mandate requiring that 7 percent of every automaker’s vehicle sales come from “zero-emissions” vehicles by 2021. Partial credit would be offered for hybrid vehicles. The requirement would increase each year, reaching 15 percent in 2024 and 25 percent by 2030. Companies that fail to meet the mandate could buy credits from compliant companies, providing extra incentive.
On Friday, the company’s product chief, Mark Reuss, said to reporters that governments and industry around the world “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.”
“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,” Reuss said.
Reuss also said the measure would create jobs, drive infrastructure investment, cut fuel use and emissions, and would also help bring down the price of electric vehicles. The company is also proposing that the measure include incentives for autonomous and ride-sharing electric vehicles.
However, the administration has proposed rolling back Obama-era fuel standards, limiting California’s ability to set stricter requirements, and ending compliance credits given to automakers that build electric vehicles.
Major automakers like GM have said they do not support rolling back Obama administration plans for raising fuel standards.
California is aiming for zero-emissions vehicles to make up 15.4 percent of all vehicles sold in the state by 2025. Nine other states have adopted those standards, including Maryland, Massachusetts, New Jersey and New York.
The company GM is planning to offer 20 electric models globally by 2023, already investing heavily in its Chevrolet Bolt EV and Chevrolet Volt. In January, California governor Jerry Brown set a target to have 5 million zero-emissions vehicles on California roads by the same year.
Despite White House proposals for rollbacks, Mary Nichols, chief of the California Air Resources Board, said last month that the state will “continue to insist on cars that produce fewer emissions, including millions more zero-emission vehicles.”