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Biden Wants to Force Automakers to Sell Electric Cars Despite American Skepticism

A recent Associated Press poll reveals that only 19 percent of Americans are “very” or “extremely” likely to choose an electric vehicle (EV) as their next car, highlighting the ongoing challenge of persuading consumers to make the switch. However, President Joe Biden is determined to drive forward with a rule that could transform the automotive landscape by mandating increased EV sales.

Consumer Hesitation

The poll indicates that while 19 percent of respondents express strong interest in EVs, an additional 22 percent consider it “somewhat likely” that they will opt for an electric vehicle for their next purchase. Notably, nearly half of those surveyed remain hesitant about embracing electric cars, primarily citing cost as a major deterrent. On average, EVs come with a price tag at least $10,000 higher than their gasoline-powered counterparts.

Biden’s Bold EV Agenda

Despite this hesitance, President Biden is poised to introduce a consequential environmental rule through the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). The rule, expected to be announced soon, will impose stringent emissions limits on vehicles sold in the United States. To meet these limits, U.S. automakers will be required to ensure that two-thirds of the vehicles they sell are electric by 2032.

Challenges on the Road to EV Adoption

While Biden’s push for EVs is bold, it presents significant challenges. Transitioning two-thirds of the vehicle market to electric in just over a decade is an ambitious goal. Moreover, the cost implications extend beyond higher sticker prices for EVs. Experts argue that the United States needs to build more than 2 million charging stations to support such a transition, whereas the 2021 Bipartisan Infrastructure Law allocated funding for only 500,000 stations. Additionally, upgrading power grids to accommodate the increased electricity demand from millions of EVs will likely require tens of billions of dollars.

Promises vs. Realities

President Biden has promised that his electric vehicle agenda will fuel a “manufacturing boom” and create “new economic opportunity and tens of thousands of good-paying and union jobs.” However, labor leaders are skeptical, suggesting that the transition to electric vehicles could lead to job losses in the auto industry. Electric cars typically require fewer workers for production.

Navigating the Road Ahead

Balancing the aspirations of reducing emissions, stimulating economic growth, and addressing consumer concerns will be the key challenge for the administration as it pursues its EV agenda. Overcoming public hesitation and ensuring the necessary infrastructure and investments are in place will be essential to make this ambitious vision a reality.

Author: Madison Cates

Title: Managing Editor


Research journalist, Freelance writer, Managing editor

  • Expertise: automotive content, trending topics.
  • Education: LeTourneau University, Bachelors of Science in Business Administration.
  • Over 400 articles and short news pieces published across the web.

Experience: Madison Cates is a journalist located in the great state of Texas. She began writing over eight years ago. Her first major research piece was published by the Journal of Business and Economics in 2018. After growing up in a household of eight brothers and a dad who was always restoring old Camaros, she naturally pivoted her freelance career into the automotive industry. There, she found her passion. Her experience paved the way for her to work with multiple large corporations in automotive news and trending topics. Now, she now finds her home at Wealth of Geeks where she proudly serves as Managing Editor of Autos. Madison is always down to geek out over the latest beautiful cars on the market, and she enjoys providing her readers with tips to make car ownership easier and more enjoyable.

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