Joe Biden returns the Republicans to their 22. The American president has just vetoed a bill aimed at blocking an exemption for electric vehicle charging stations. Republican senators believe that Americans “ do not have to subsidize products made in China “. But Biden is willing to make small concessions to develop the country’s infrastructure.
Joe Biden continues his fight for the electric car
The American president, already campaigning for his re-election, has made electric cars a major subject of his mandate and more generally of his political fight. He recently submitted a $7.5 billion plan to “ establish a convenient, affordable, reliable, American-made national network of electric vehicle chargers “. Joe Biden wants to provide the country with 500,000 chargers by 2030. As we write these lines, around 4 million electric cars are on American roads.
White House makes sweeping decision on electric cars
Since his arrival at the White House, Joe Biden has done everything to promote this new energy. Sales of electric models have quadrupled in the United States in just a few years and the number of charging stations accessible to the public has increased by nearly 70%. The American president has set a clear objective: 50% of new cars sold in the country in 2030 must be electric. But Joe Biden encounters some reluctance in the Senate. Republicans and some Democrats are trying to block his plan.
The president is already campaigning and it shows
Indeed, part of the text is debated: it is a short-term exemption to use materials from China. Concretely, Joe Biden offers the possibility to manufacturers of electric vehicle chargers to use (temporarily) materials from China. An exemption proposed in 2023 to exempt certain charging stations from the provisions “ Buy America “. There is still one condition: chargers subsidized by the American government must be assembled in the United States.
Starting in July 2024, at least 55% of the materials needed to make them must be domestically sourced and manufactured in the United States. But the Republicans nevertheless opposed it. Joe Biden says his plan “ supports American workers » and that it will create “ new jobs and to manufacture the chargers in the United States with sufficient lead time for the private sector to prepare “. Blocking this exemption would compromise the country’s transition to clean energy, according to him.
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The president believes the Republican resolution would undermine his administration’s efforts to encourage investment in a key sector and bring jobs back to the United States. He therefore decided to veto, as reported Reuters. Biden is convinced this will delay “ the progress made by the administration and the States in the establishment of the electric vehicle charging network “. Biden also received the support of the largest auto union in the United States, the UAW, as part of his re-election campaign.
Electric models at the heart of the debate in the United States
The American president clearly understood that charging infrastructure was an essential element in accelerating the transition to electricity. The deployment of terminals by the thousands will make it easier for car manufacturers to sell electric models. On the contrary, the absence of stations accessible to the public could harm the market. Joe Biden wants to move quickly and therefore does not hesitate to find compromises to deploy his strategy. Even if it doesn’t bother you.
Republicans are working hard to try to dismantle the US president’s efforts. And there is a good chance that this will intensify in the context of the presidential campaign which begins. Donald Trump has openly expressed his opposition to a transition to electric cars. According to the candidate for the Republican camp, “ the switch to all-electric will eliminate thousands of jobs in the country “. Some manufacturers are also preparing two scenarios depending on the election results.
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