The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s calculations of modest increases in automakers’ fuel consumption over the past year show the need for a r -id increase in EVs if the industry is to meet proposed targets.
The EPA reported Friday that automakers averaged 45.4 miles per gallon for vehicles manufactured in the 2020 model year. That’s 0.5 mpg higher than the 2019 model year and a record high, but far from the 52 mpg by 2026 proposed by President Joe Biden’s administration.
“Car companies have made sky-high promises to make clean cars, but the EPA report shows they made very few,” said Dan Becker, director of the Center for Biological Diversity’s Safe Climate Transport Campaign, in a statement. “Americans can’t make promises.”
According to an analysis by BloombergNEF, electric vehicles accounted for only 2% of passenger sales in 2020.
The EPA’s report forecast that plug-in hybrids and all-electric cars will grow from 2% of total production in 2020 to 4% in 2021. The agency said regular hybrids will grow from 5% to 9%.
The Biden government’s goal is to make half of all vehicles sold in the United States zero-emissions by the end of the decade.
Automakers say many more electrics are on the way soon.
“We now expect to produce 600,000 electric vehicles per year worldwide by the end of 2023. Double our original plan, ”Jim Farley, CEO of Ford Motor Co. tweeted Thursday.
John Bozzella, President and CEO of the Alliance for Automotive Innovation, which works for major automakers, said in a statement that the EPA report “underscores that the industry is making significant progress in improving fuel economy and reducing (greenhouse gas) emissions Has made, but the standards It’s getting harder to face with technology alone.
“Therefore, measures that support continuous innovation in the electrification of vehicles and other (greenhouse gas) reducing technologies and the market for them are of crucial importance,” said Bozzella.
Biden government officials have made things a lot easier for automakers than environmentalists in hopes of keeping the industry on board with its ambitious electric vehicle targets and stricter emissions regulations.
“Today’s report is a great indicator that automakers are delivering on their promise to meet clean car standards while offering great vehicle options to consumers,” said EPA Administrator Michael Regan in a statement following the agency’s fuel trends report.
Biden raved about General Motors Co.’s new all-electric Hummer after taking the vehicle for a test drive on a trip to Detroit this week.
“This Hummer is a hell of a good vehicle, man,” Biden said during a speech at GM’s Factory ZERO.
Environmentalists say automakers need to show off more than just a few fancy electric car models to hit Biden’s ambitious emissions targets.
“The auto companies have negotiated with the Obama administration and promised to cut emissions by 5% a year,” said Becker of the Center for Biological Diversity. Instead, the report showed that mileage and pollution improved by just under 1.9% to 25.4 mpg. The atmosphere doesn’t listen to the promises made by automakers. It only knows what cars and trucks are emitting. “
President Joe Biden smiles after driving the GMC Hummer EV PIckup at the General Motors Factory ZERO in Detroit on Wednesday, November 17, 2021.