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Biden’s Electric Vehicle Dilemma: Chinese EVs and the U.S. Market

In the high-stakes world of electric vehicles, China’s powerhouse EV makers have been making waves worldwide. Yet, when it comes to the U.S., they’re conspicuously absent. Washington’s got a pretty hefty defense system, thanks to policies set by both Trump and Biden.

They slapped a 25% tax on Chinese car imports and denied them some credits, basically making it super tough for Chinese EVs to roll into the American market alongside locally built or friendly-import cars.

But here’s the deal: despite these barriers, Chinese car companies are dominating elsewhere, and that’s got some folks in the U.S. government feeling antsy. They’re talking about China’s hefty subsidies that supposedly let them sell their EVs at prices that aren’t playing fair. Biden’s even made promises to the auto-worker crowd, saying he won’t let China take over the EV game in the U.S.

China’s Game Plan

China’s got major plans to be the top dog in auto exports, especially with their electric vehicles. It’s wild—they sell EVs all over, in over 100 countries, but they’ve barely scratched the surface in the States. Some lawmakers are pushing for more tariffs on Chinese cars to keep them out of the American market.

But here’s where it gets tricky: U.S. carmakers are all for slowing down China’s EV growth, but they’re also worried about what happens if China hits back with tariffs of their own. Plus, China’s got a tight grip on EV battery supplies, which American carmakers need to meet their eco-friendly goals. It’s a tough spot for the U.S. with China already way ahead in the EV race.

The Impact in Europe 

Over in Europe, Chinese EVs are selling for way less than locally made ones, and the EU’s looking at raising tariffs to even out the playing field. That tension, coupled with China’s rising market share, shows there’s a full-blown global battle brewing over EVs. Chinese carmakers are even setting up shop near the U.S., trying to dodge those tariffs and stay in the game.

As China gears up to flood global markets with their EVs, experts are scratching their heads wondering if there’s room for all these cars worldwide. It’s shaping up to be a major showdown in the EV world, leaving everyone wondering what’s next in this electric saga.

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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