A call to the Trump administration to agree to a National Zero Emissions Vehicle (NZEV) Program has been given by US auto maker General Motors through après release.
While it might appear to be an announcement that could appear surprising self-regulating proposal from the GM, but there are number of hugely disappointing caveats that should also be considered with this call.
The intention of the EPA of the Trump administration was confirmed earlier this year where the organization agreed to reduce the fuel consumption standards effectively allowing more polluting cars to be sold by automakers in the country. And even through GM had strongly lobbied for that change, but the automaker claimed that lowering of standards was not its aim. GM continues to say that it just wants a 50 state solution, no matter how horrific it is.
The automaker proposed a new National Zero Emissions Vehicle (NZEV) Program in a comment on the adoption of new “Safer Affordable Fuel-Efficient (SAFE) Vehicles Rule for Model Years 2021-2026 Passenger Cars and Light Trucks”.
The car maker added a few points to the existing ZEV program even though the program its envisioned finds its basis on the existing ZEV program.
The new points that were added by GM are as follows:
- Establish ZEV requirements (by credits) each year, starting at 7 percent in 2021 and increasing 2 percent each year to 15 percent by 2025, then 25 percent 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 percent 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.
“General Motors has a vision of zero crashes, zero emissions and zero congestion. This is a bold vision and getting there will take bold actions. We believe in a policy approach that better promotes U.S. innovation and starts a much-needed national discussion on electric vehicle development and deployment in this country. A National Zero Emissions Program will drive the scale and infrastructure investments needed to allow the U.S. to lead the way to a zero emissions futurem” said Mark Reuss, executive vice president and president, Global Product Group and Cadillac.
much more aggressive targets on shorter timespans is followed by a number of other countries such as the major markets in Europe and China,.
(Adapted from Electrek.co)