Biden Takes Another Step to Limit Consumer Choice, Ban Gas Powered Vehicles

WASHINGTON DC (06/07/2024) – Today, the Biden administration has concluded the revision of fuel economy mandates for trucks and SUVs, extending them until 2031. Carmakers must reach an average of 50.4 miles per gallon across their fleet by the 2031 model year.

These mandates severely limit consumer choice, stifle innovation, and increase costs for American families already struggling under sustained high inflation rates. When combined with EPA tailpipe restrictions and the California ban on gas powered vehicles, which the Biden administration is expected to approve, the rules will amount to a de facto ban on gas powered vehicles.

AEA President Thomas Pyle issued the following statement:

“Today, the Biden administration took yet another step towards their goal of forcing electric vehicles into the marketplace and taking away our ability to choose the types of vehicles that make the most sense for individuals and families.

The first step was the EPA tailpipe emission rule. The final step will be the expected granting of the federal waiver to allow California and several other blue states to ban gas powered cars.

This rule may be less stringent than the original proposal, but make no mistake, it doesn’t change the final result. This is on top of an already unreachable level in the previous rule that’s currently being adjudicated. With today’s action, President Biden has made it absolutely clear that he wants to electrify everything, including and especially cars and trucks. Under this rule, cars will continue to become more and more expensive and Americans will continue to have fewer and fewer options when they are ready to buy a car.

Congress should immediately vote to repeal this new mandate. Better yet, they should repeal the CAFE law altogether.”

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