The federal court case — Ohio v. EPA — is pending in the U.S. Court of Appeals in Washington. 17 US states petitioned the court to revoke California’s Clean Air Act waiver, which allows the California to set emissions standards higher than federal standards.
The 17 petitioners opposing California and the Environmental Protection Agency are the US states of Ohio, Alabama, Arkansas, Georgia, Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Texas, Utah, and West Virginia.
The automakers — BMW, Ford, Honda, Lucid, Rivian, Tesla, Volkswagen, Volvo — essentially argue that California’s emissions standards are in line with market forces, noting in the brief that demand for EVs has drastically increased.
Read Stephen Edelstein’s article in Green Car Reports to learn more.
Admittedly, a small platform means less space for batteries and so the range of the following cars will never match the potential of larger alternatives. But a small battery also means a lower asking price, and if we’re talking about urban runabouts that do only the occasional longer journey, it’s arguable just how many owners would need more than, say, 180 miles of driving range.
- Peugeot e-208
- Fiat 500 Electric
- Vauxhall Corsa-e
- Renault Zoe
- Mini Electric
- BMW i3S
- Honda E
- Mazda MX-30
- Volkswagen e-Up
- DS 3 Crossback E-Tense
Only two of these small EVs are available to the North America market, the Mini Electric and the Mazda MX-30.
The Glasgow Declaration on Zero Emission Cars and Vans, announced at the COP26 climate summit, includes a commitment to “work towards all sales of new cars and vans being zero emission globally by 2040, and by no later than 2035 in leading markets”.
Chinese-owned Sweden-based Volvo has already committed to going fully electric by 2030.
Countries that did sign the declaration include » Austria, Canada, Chile, Croatia, Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Ireland, Lithuania, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Scotland, Slovenia, Sweden, Turkey, the United Kingdom, and Uruguay.
Major auto producing countries notably absent include » China, Germany, Japan, and the United States.
Canadian provinces of British Columbia, and Quebec also committed.
Honda has been building cars in the United States for almost 40 years and by 2040, intends for 100 percent of its sales to be for electrified vehicles, many of which will be produced in the United States.
November 5, 2021
At Honda, we believe in freedom of choice for American consumers and fair treatment of all American autoworkers, with all of us working together to fight global climate change. That’s why we’re asking for your help to ensure equal treatment of consumer tax credits for the purchase of an electric vehicle (EV).
Honda associates have been building cars in America for nearly 40 years. And Honda is already America’s most fuel-efficient, lowest-emissions full-line automaker, according to the U.S. EPA.
But our actions to address climate change don’t stop there. We have announced plans to make 100% of our vehicle sales electrified by 2040. And we plan to build EVs at our plants in the U.S.
Currently, consumers can receive up to a $7,500 federal tax credit when purchasing an EV. Experts agree these credits are essential to convince American consumers to buy EVs on a scale needed to address the climate crisis.
Unfortunately, a new proposal in Congress would provide an additional $4,500 credit only for consumers who buy EVs made by three legacy Detroit automakers.
- Don’t Honda and Acura customers who want to purchase an electric vehicle deserve the same credit as customers buying one from a Detroit automaker?
- Don’t Honda’s American autoworkers deserve the same treatment as every other U.S. autoworker?
We value our customers, and we value our associates who build vehicles for them.
Please encourage Congress to provide fair and equal treatment of all consumers and American autoworkers as they consider proposed changes to the consumer EV tax credit.
Contact your member of Congress at 202-224-3121 and urge them to oppose the proposed changes to the EV tax credit being considered as part of the Build Back Better Act.
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Under the budget proposal laid out by the White House on Thursday, Detroit automakers would be able to offer USD$4,500 more in tax credits to US electric car buyers than rivals such as Tesla Inc., Volkswagen Group, Honda Motor Co., and Toyota Motor Corp. under the USD$1.75 trillion tax and spending proposal.
The proposal calls for all automakers to be able to offer USD$7,500 to consumers for EV purchases for the first five years of the law. However, EVs made by American manufacturers, in the U.S., with union-represented workers would be allowed to offer an additional USD$4,500 in credits according to a draft text of the bill.
Used EV buyers would be eligible to receive USD$2,000 in tax credits.
The union provision is an “an insult to the 673,000 Americans who work in international nameplate manufacturing plants and dealerships,” Cody Lusk, president and CEO of American International Automobile Dealers Association (AIADA), said in a statement. The provision also “makes it more difficult for Americans to buy green vehicles, as it can only be applied to a handful of the more than 60 electric vehicles available for sale today.”