Joe Biden’s dad sold used cars, plunging the president of the United States into the combustion engines’ world. On weekends, the younger Biden washed tires, rented a Chrysler to drive to prom, and hit vehicle auctions to support stock the dealership for his family. To this day, President Biden possesses his dad’s green ’67 Corvette as a wedding gift that he informed Car and Driver magazine had a “rear-axle ratio which gets up and goes.” But if the White House’s resident motorhead has its way, and this remains a major “if,” we will one day reflect on his presidency as the start of the end in the United States for cars and trucks which are powered by gasoline.
To counter climate change, Biden is seeking sweeping changes to the country’s energy infrastructure. But they are targeted at greening the electricity grid or moving coal as well as natural gas away from the country. Over a fifth of the United States greenhouse gas emissions are accounted for by transport; it has been especially thorny to work out how to minimize that, considering the number of cars on the roads. So, Biden is proposing a host of ways for electric vehicles, or EVs, to guide the nation.
The success of EVs, as well as hybrid vehicles, is now surging by almost every metric. Yet, after an explosion of encouraging headlines, relative to the size of the crisis, the change away from the gas-fueled vehicles remains stubbornly negligible, even as global warming levels fuelled by the use of the fossil fuels are smashed year after year. Clean automobiles also contribute to just 2% of the vehicles sold in the United States, 5% in China, as well as 10% in Europe, and these are the largest economies in the world. “This transformation is by no way inevitable,” explains Nic Lutsey, of an independent consulting community collaborating with decision-makers around the world, the International Council on Clean Transportation.
Yet economists, activists, clean-tech experts, and researchers funded by the automobile industry all suggest the right balance of policy, market benefits, and research funding may just be sufficient to stimulate drastic acceleration. And so far, these analysts believe Biden is willing to pull the correct levers. “The dam is busting; the turning point is here,” said Sam Ricketts, a team member who, during his presidential bid, wrote the climate action plan of Washington Governor Jay Inslee.
Since then, many of Inslee’s designs have made their way into the Biden’s initiatives. “The issue is, how soon the automobile industry can go, as well as can it be rapid enough to address the climate problem.” That will rely in no minor portion on what occurs next in Washington, D.C.-and if the pieces will even be set in place by Biden as well as the Democrats, who control the White House and a majority in the Congress.