A trade group representing more than 1,000 auto suppliers has warned the Biden Administration that transitioning to an all-electric vehicle fleet too quickly could result in thousands of lost jobs, Reuters reports.
The Motor & Equipment Manufacturers Association (EMMA) told a Senate Commerce subcommittee this week that banning the sale of new gasoline vehicles in the United States will cost ”
30% of the supplier jobs in this country.” The EMMA represents over 1,000 auto suppliers, including major industry players such as Bosch, Delphi and Valeo.
The Biden Administration has not said it will ban the sale of new gasoline vehicles on a federal level, however two major automotive industry trade groups have called for the president to put forth a “comprehensive plan,” to boost EV sales “that takes the present market realities into consideration.” The trade groups also called for new policies that are “sufficient to meet our goal of a net-zero carbon transportation future.” Several states have also sought their own date for a hard ban on gasoline-powered vehicles, including California, Massachusetts and Washington.
Suppliers and the United Auto Workers have warned political leaders that transitioning to battery-powered fleets will result in lost manufacturing jobs, as EVs do not require as many unique components as internal combustion engine vehicles. For example, an electric motor features less moving parts than an internal combustion engine and does not usually require a transmission. EVs also do not require fuel systems, exhausts or catalytic converters, among other related components.
“Engines, transmissions, after-treatment systems, and other parts will simply not be manufactured for battery electric and fuel cell vehicles,” Ann Wilson, MEMA’s senior vice president of government affairs, told the Senate subcommittee this week.
General Motors has a self-set goal of ceasing the production of emissions-producing vehicles by 2035. While the automaker has said the 2035 date is more of an aspiration than a hard-set goal, this strategy is indicative of the automaker’s commitment to EVs. Other automakers have also committed to producing EVs only by a certain date, such as Volvo, which plans to cease the production of all of its internal combustion engine products by 2030.
White House climate adviser Gina McCarthy said the Biden Administration is not setting forth any hard dates to ban the sale of internal combustion engine vehicles at this time and will instead seek other ways to reduce greenhouse as emissions in the country.
“We’re not making any demands right now because this is about basically using the market to generate the kind of reductions we need,” McCarthy said, as quoted by Reuters.