Slow up on EV mandate, Republican governors urge Biden

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LAS VEGAS (KLAS) — Gov. Joe Lombardo has joined 15 other Republican governors in signing a letter urging President Joe Biden to pump the brakes on his goals for electric cars.

Biden’s mandate that two out of every three vehicles on the road by the year 2032 isn’t market-driven, and consumers should be allowed to choose the type of vehicles they want to drive, according to the letter.

“While we are not opposed to the electric vehicle marketplace, we do have concerns with federal government mandates that penalize retailers and do not reflect the will of the consumer. Even with deep price cuts, manufacturers’ incentives, and generous government funding, federal mandates on electric vehicles are unrealistic. The American customer should be able to decide what technology makes most sense for them, not the federal government,” according to the letter.

See the full text of the letter here to see the full list of governors that signed.

Lombardo showed support for Nevada’s conversion to electric vehicles — for state purchases, at least. He signed Assembly Bill 262, which went into effect on Oct. 1, 2023. That legislation requires the state to prefer vehicles that minimize emissions, but it doesn’t explicity require Nevada to purchase electric vehicles.

But that was part of putting the state on track for goals that extend out to 2050. Nevada’s goal is to get to “zero tailpipe emissions” by then.

The letter also lays out concerns over infrastructure and supply chain issues. While Nevada is at the center of establishing battery production from start to finish, China currently accounts for 70% of that market. Republican governors see that as a national security risk.

“Additionally, just this summer, we saw the challenges associated with electric vehicles when your own Secretary of Energy, Secretary Granholm, and her staff got caught in an altercation at a charging station while attempting to reserve one of the limited charging spots for the Secretary’s electric vehicle.

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