Auto dealers across the country are calling out President Joe Biden’s “unrealistic” green energy policy, largely because Americans aren’t buying as many electric vehicles (EVs) as his administration had hoped. He warns that the policy must be abandoned.
Automobile dealer executives dispatched from Massachusetts to Alabama to Wyoming letter Biden this week called on his administration to repeal EV mandates and green energy requirements for the auto industry, citing a lack of interest among U.S. consumers in EVs.
“…we ask you to slow down the pace of proposed regulations mandating the production and distribution of battery electric vehicles (BEVs),” auto dealers told Mr. Biden.
Your administration has proposed regulations that would essentially mandate a dramatic transition to battery electric vehicles (BEVs).This will increase every year until 2032, by which time two out of three cars sold in America will be battery electric vehicles. [Emphasis added]
But the reality is that the demand for electric vehicles today is not keeping up with the flood of BEVs entering dealerships. Caused by current regulations. Our property is stacked with BEVs. [Emphasis added]
Car dealers say “enthusiasm for EVs has stalled” and that unsold EVs remain on dealership lots “despite deep price reductions, manufacturer incentives and generous government incentives.” The numbers are piling up.
“With each passing day, it becomes increasingly clear that this attempt at an electric vehicle mandate is unrealistic given current and projected customer demand,” auto dealers told Biden. It is written in a letter. “Electric vehicles are already piling up at our sites, which is the best indicator of customer demand in the market.”
Auto dealers say Americans are primarily concerned about the price of EVs, as well as the lack of access to charging stations, the time it takes to charge an EV, and the loss of range due to weather or towing.
“Today’s current technology is inadequate to support the needs of the vast majority of consumers,” they write.
While many of these challenges can and will be addressed by manufacturers, many of these challenges are outside of the manufacturer’s control. Reliable charging networks, grid stability, material sourcing, and many other issues will take time to resolve. And finally, many people want to choose the right car for themselves. [Emphasis added]
Mr. President, it’s time to pump the brakes on unrealistic government mandates for electric vehicles. Let’s wait until battery technology advances. Take the time to make BEVs more affordable. Allow time to develop domestic sources of minerals to make batteries. Please allow time for the charging infrastructure to be built and proven reliable. And above all, Give American consumers time to get used to the technology Then you choose to buy an electric car. [Emphasis added]
We spoke to an expert in the automotive industry Axios said Their dealers are struggling to sell EVs. Mickey Anderson, who owns dealerships in Colorado, Missouri and Nebraska, said Ford’s all-electric F-150 Lightning pickup truck is a recent hot seller.
Last year, for example, the company’s dealerships sold just 25 all-electric trucks out of about 1,000 F-Series trucks sold.
“We’ve been too focused on the Tesla buyers, the wealthy 1% to 2%,” Anderson told Axios. “We forget about people for whom a car is a necessity, not a luxury.”
Similarly, a North Carolina dealership similarly told Axios that it cannot remove EVs from its premises. Instead, the car is gathering dust.
“If people want an EV, it would be great if I could sell them,” Toyota dealership owner Mary Rice told Axios. “Instead, I’m going to end the year with this car that no one wants. There’s no meaningful amount of money for an EV here.”
Across the country, data on EV sales tells the same story.
In September 2022, EVs were on dealership lots for just 21 days before being sold, according to data from Edmunds.com. Currently, the EV has been sitting on the dealership’s lot for 65 days.
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