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The unexpected focus of political resistance to the “electric car revolution” the United States is experiencing

Washington.- The United States has begun transit electric car revolution, expected to happen for the first time this year More than one lakh new electric vehicles, And its market share is increasing, although the country is still far behind China and Europe. But as is often the case with any revolution, there are pockets of resistance. In Wyoming, a predominantly rural, conservative state, and where the oil industry is strong, a group of Republican legislators decided to try swimming against the current: Proposal to “phase out” sales of new electric vehicles by 2035,

The project was presented in the assembly a few days ago reads like an ode to the past, The text highlights that the production of oil and gas has long been “a proud and valuable industry“In Wyoming, Who Else Made It”lots of jobs”, and that the traditional gasoline vehicle has “allowed the state’s industries and companies to more efficiently participate in trade and transport goods and resources across the country”.

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“Wyoming’s vast stretches of highway, combined with a lack of electric vehicle charging infrastructure, make widespread use of electric vehicles impractical for the state,” the lawmakers’ bill states.

Project Presented in Wyoming goes against the market and the world, and provides a guideline to speed up the transition to a green and sustainable economy that allows mitigating the effects of climate change, an effort that is slowly progressing in the developed world. There is a need for the gradual elimination of fossil fuels. In Wyoming, as in other states across the country, it’s a crusade collides head-on with American history and culture, and lobby oil industry,

In fact, the Wyoming initiative was born in response to an opposing move taken in California, widely viewed as one of the most forward-thinking and progressive states in the country: Eliminating the sale of conventional fuel vehicles by 2035,

“This is the next big global industry and California wants to dominate it. And that means detoxifying and decarbonizing our transportation fleet,” said California Governor, gavin newsomWhile announcing the measure amid the pandemic. “And today, California is taking a big and bold step in that direction,” he concluded.

Wyoming Is One Of The Fifty States That Make Up The United States Of America (Photo: Istock)
Wyoming is one of the fifty states that make up the United States of America (Photo: iStock)

Like Wyoming, California targets its economy: the “Golden State” Homes have 34 companies involved in the production of electric vehiclesAnd half the sales of electric vehicles are concentrated there.

the revolution is already underway, In 2022, more than 800,000 new EVs are expected to be sold in the United States, accounting for about 6% of total sales nationwide. While market share is still low, it has doubled over the past year. and sales grew 65% year-over-year, while Total Vehicle Sales Fell 8%, is based on data from Kelley Blue Book, which compiles market information. Cox Automotive estimates that more than one million new electric vehicles will be sold this year, a milestone the market believes will mark the breaking point.

The Wyoming lawmakers’ move struck a chord by highlighting a “lack of charging infrastructure” for new cars, a shortcoming that acts as a deterrent to consumers interested in switching from gasoline-powered engines to lithium-battery-powered engines, The Biden administration’s infrastructure bill, which the administration managed to pass through Congress with the support of a handful of Republican senators, actually envisages a historic investment in charging stations that seeks to transform transportation in the United States, and Gives it unstoppable speed. Transition to a green economy.

“The United States led the original automotive revolution in the last century,” said the Secretary of Transportation. Pete Buttigieg, last September when it announced a historic investment in charging stations. “And today, thanks to the historical resources of the law of infrastructure, we are ready to lead the 21st century with electric vehicles”, he concluded.

Electromobility.  Automotive Industry Calls For Predictability To Lead Change
Electromobility. Automotive industry calls for predictability to lead change

The federal government has approved projects in all 50 of the country’s states and an ambitious White House plan to encourage the purchase of electric vehicles, to cover an interstate highway network with one charging station every 50 miles. It is planned to allocate US$ billion. However, the plan fell short of the $15 billion the Biden administration originally asked Congress to fulfill his campaign promise to install 500,000 charging stations by 2030. This target now depends on how much private companies invest.

The Biden administration has launched other federal programs to accelerate the development of charging station networks, battery production and Lower the cost of electric vehicles for consumers,

Despite efforts to delay infections, Wyoming is expected to receive approx. 24 million dollars Installing charging stations for electric vehicles on interstate highways that cross the Cowboy State.

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