Building out Electric Vehicle charging infrastructure will necessitate collaboration between the private sector, local governments, and the federal government, which is why EV money in the infrastructure bill is organized as cost-shared grants, according to Jonathan Levy, EVgo Chief Commercial Officer. “That’s a wonderful thing,” he said, “but that approach also means it’ll take some time.” “There are several procedures in between, notably public comment periods… which is why the reconciliation bill’s tax incentives for consumers are so vital. Because we need the automobiles to use the charging stations that have been set up.”
The reconciliation bill’s purchase credits may cut the sticker price of the new electric car or truck by up to $12,500, relying on where as well as how it is manufactured. Buyers of used electric vehicles might receive up to $4,000 in rebates. While there seems to be general support for electric vehicle purchase credits, there is disagreement on whether they should be given to unionized automakers. Biden’s proposal includes a $4,500 credit for the vehicles produced by union employees, which includes those built-in GM, Ford, and Stellantis plants in the United States (formerly Chrysler).
Some Republican congressmen and governors, as well as the international parties, have questioned the policy, as have Tesla, Toyota, Honda, and others that have nonunion EV manufacturing. In an interview with the Automotive News last week, Sen. Joe Manchin, who is a moderate Democrat hailing from West Virginia, termed the union credits “wrong.” “This is not how we developed this country,” he added, adding that the result should speak for itself.
But, as Rep. Debbie Dingell, D-Mich., remarked at the sustainability conference, every country helps its people, and the pro-union elements would help lure manufacturing back to the U.S. “These are incentives that will benefit the consumer as well as the American employee,” Dingell explained. As per California Energy Commission Chairperson David Hochschild, who also addressed at the Politico event, it’s “not at all apparent” if the pro-union elements would make it into the final version of the bill. “It’s a hotly debated proposal,”.
Regardless of the credit arrangement, Hochschild believes that electric vehicle manufacturing will be a “huge opportunity for the entire country.” California’s top export is currently electric vehicles.
“Overall, these rules have the potential to reverse decades of offshoring in the auto manufacturing industry,” stated Jason Walsh, who works as the BlueGreen Alliance Executive Director. “With products made in America, they can cover important supply chain gaps and ensure that communities and staff across the country benefit economically from this historic transition to EVs.”
However, the electric vehicle market is expanding, and non-unionized automakers claim they need help. “Having our customers take advantage of that tax credit… is vital in these initial few of years,” Lucid Motors, who serves as the Head of the Global Public Policy Jessica Nigro stated.