Climate bill, state mandates jump-start EVs’ future

Source: By ANNE C. MULKERN, E&E News • Posted: Thursday, August 18, 2022

But experts say it will be 20 to 30 years before EVs fully replace gas-fueled cars.

Electric vehicles are pictured being recharged at the East Crissy Field charge station on March 9 in San Francisco.

Electric vehicles are pictured being recharged at the East Crissy Field charge station on March 9 in San Francisco.Justin Sullivan/Getty Images

The future for electric vehicles looks as shiny as a showroom car, with federal and state actions signaling transformation ahead.

But widespread adoption will take decades — too late to achieve President Joe Biden’s 2030 climate goal.

The massive climate package builds on accelerating support for EVs in several states. Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker (R) last week signed legislation banning sales of new gasoline-fueled vehicles in state after 2035. California, New York and Washington have said they’d enact similar mandates.

EVs comprised just 5 percent of new vehicles sold in the United States in the first six months of this year. But that’s a level analysts consider a tipping point for wider adoption, said James Di Filippo, senior policy analyst at Atlas Public Policy, which provides data on climate issues. It’s based on what’s occurred in some European nations.

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