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General Motors calls for National Zero Emissions Vehicle (NZEV) program in the US

In comments being filed today on the Safer Affordable Fuel-Efficient (SAFE) Vehicles Rule for Model Years 2021-2026 Passenger Cars and Light Trucks, the Trump Administration’s proposal to freeze fuel economy regulations, General Motors proposes the establishment of a National Zero Emissions Vehicle (NZEV) program to support a 50-state solution, promote the success of the US automotive industry and preserve US industrial leadership.

General Motors anticipates the NZEV program, as recommended, has the potential to place more than 7 million long-range EVs on US roads by 2030, yielding a cumulative incremental reduction of 375 million tons of CO2 emissions between 2021 and 2030.

General Motors supports a nationwide program modeled on the existing ZEV program and provides these framework recommendations:

  • Establish ZEV requirements (by credits) each year, starting at 7% in 2021 and increasing 2% each year to 15% by 2025, then 25% by 2030.

  • Use of a crediting system modeled on the current ZEV program: credits per vehicle, based on EV range, as well as averaging, banking and trading.

  • Requirements after 2025 linked to path toward commercially viable EV battery cell availability at a cost of $70/kWh and adequate EV infrastructure development.

  • Establishment of a Zero Emissions Task Force to promote complementary policies.

  • Program terminates when 25% target is met, or based on a determination that the battery cost or infrastructure targets are not practicable within the timeframe.

  • Additional consideration for EVs deployed as autonomous vehicles and in rideshare programs.

Comments

Lad

This program would slow down the transition; for example; meeting the first goal in 2021...that's 3 years away...where do you think the German automakers will be by then? the Chinese?...Tesla? GM needs to get on with the transition and quit campaigning for slowdows. so they can continue to crank out obsolete, polluting ICEVs.

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