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Last week, both Ford and General Motors (GM), the largest American car manufacturers, announced plans to add jobs in Michigan to build electric vehicles, as both companies have pledged to substantially expand their lineup of electric vehicles to meet expected growing demand in the U.S. and in an effort to chip away at Tesla’s market share of EVs. GM’s announcement seemed to be in response to angry tweets from President Trump because the company announced its intention to close a plant in Lordstown, Ohio. Several other car makers, including Volkswagen, Audi, Volvo and Hyundai are planning to offer more plug-in and hybrid electric vehicle models over the next few years.
Ford will also build there a small fleet of automated Transit Connect vans to be used by online retailers to ship packages, and car sharing services to ferry passengers in particular regions of the country — in order to avoid paying new tariffs on vans they would otherwise build in Mexico.
Tesla had been benefitting from a significant tax incentive for buyers of its vehicles, but that was recently reduced because, as The New York Times explains, “[u]nder federal rules, the full tax credit is available only on the first 200,000 cars that a manufacturer sells in the United States; two quarters later, the credit is reduced. Tesla reached that threshold in July. As a result, the credit available to Tesla buyers will fall to $3,750 for cars delivered on or after Jan. 1, then will be halved again on July 1 and go away completely in 2020.” As of last November, GM had already sold more than 200,000 EVs in the U.S., but based on statistics from Inside EVs, through last month, Ford had only sold approximately 115,000, so presumably, their buyers would still get the large tax break.
Why This Matters:The more EVs made and sold in the U.S. the better.Keeping jobs in America building the latest cars that lower our fossil fuel consumption and decrease air pollution and greenhouse gas emissions at the same time is a win-win-win, but it would be better still if we had a way to, as one worker said, save the Lordstown plant and the planet. Green New Deal? And while the tax credit is important, it may not change the sales numbers significantly on the new, lower-priced Tesla Model 3. But every little bit helps, particularly for Ford’s typical buyers. And while Trump’s browbeating probably played a role in the getting GM to keep the jobs here in the U.S., it would be much better if he simply left the Obama Clean Car rules in place. These car companies don’t need much incentive to continue to increase their EV model offerings — just watching Tesla drive off with the market could be enough.
It’s Halloween — a time when people think scaring each other is fun. But this year, we are afraid very, very afraid — of what might happen on global warming and the environment in the United States if Donald Trump, the Freddie Krueger of climate action and conservation, wins a second term in the election.Talk about a Nightmare on Elm Street.
It’s frightening to think about what our country will look like after four more years of Trump. But in the spirit of the season, let’s try to picture it.
Last night was the last time voters would get to see both 2020 presidential candidates on stage together before they head to the polls. This time around moderator, NBC News’ Kristen Welker, picked climate change as a category in advance and began her questions by asking how each candidate would address climate change while also […]
Instead of focusing on the clean water countless Americans lack, the President has been fixated on shower pressure. Speaking at campaign events over the past week, President Trump claimed that the water and energy conservation measures he’s worked to overturn somehow hinder women from washing their hair and keeping it beautiful. If suburban women truly […]
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