As GM Authority reported back in August 2021, one of the goals of the Biden administration is to push EV sales to claim 50 percent of the market share by 2030. To this end, the administration has signed various pieces of legislature to ensure that this aim is met. Now, almost 4,000 car dealerships across the United States have written a letter reflecting their customers’ voices to urge President Biden relax on the proposed electric vehicle mandate.
Representing all major brands that have operations across United States, the letter is composed of a total of 3,882 car dealerships voicing their concerns over the current push for EVs. In the letter, the dealers state that there is simply not enough demand to justify the influx of electric vehicles on their lots, which is creating a backlog.
“While the goals of the regulations are admirable, they require consumer acceptance to become a reality,” the letter reads. “With each passing day, it becomes more apparent that this attempted electric vehicle mandate is unrealistic based on current and forecasted customer demand. Already, electric vehicles are stacking up on our lots which is our best indicator of customer demand in the marketplace.”
The dealers point to a variety of reasons why widespread adoption of electric vehicles will take longer than President Biden expects, including affordability, garage access, loss of range in hot or cold weather, long daily commutes, and towing concerns.
“Many of these challenges can and will be addressed by our manufacturers, but many of these challenges are outside of their control,” the letter continues. “Reliable charging networks, electric grid stability, sourcing of materials, and many other issues need time to resolve. And finally, many people just want to make their own choice about what vehicle is right for them.”
It’s worth noting that the Alliance for Automotive Innovation – which represents every almost every major automaker – recently criticized the new fuel economy standards proposed by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA).