As part of his “Build Back Better” initiative to bolster infrastructure and tackle the climate crisis by tightening pollution standards, President Biden is expected to sign an executive order on Thursday that calls for increased share of zero-emission vehicles on US market, Fox News reports.
Senior administration officials said in a briefing that the order is envisaging for half of all US car sales to be zero-emission vehicles by 2030, further development of long-term fuel efficiency, cutting pollution and save consumers’ spending on fuel.
Considering the fact that transportation sector creates up to 29% of US greenhouse gas emissions, the vehicle and pollution standards are considered a major part of Biden administration climate policy.
The executive order plans for the standards to apply even to medium and heavy-duty vehicles along with the light-duty cars, SUVs, and pickup trucks with Ford, GM, and Stellantis already announcing aspiration to increase US sales of EVs achieve to 40-50% on annual level by 2030.
The main goal of the automakers is to half gasoline-based car sales in less than 10 years helped by purchase incentives supported by the government, expanding charging network for the battery electric, fuel cell and plug-in hybrid vehicles and expansion of EVs manufacturing, among other things.