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I totally agree.


We need further government and industry cooperation here in the U.S. It’s simple: America has the opportunity to lead. Now is the time.

A century ago, the automobile gave people freedom, changing their lives forever. With this freedom, however, came effects such as crashes, environmental impact and congestion. Now, through innovative technology, we have a historic opportunity to make personal mobility safer, better and more sustainable.

The United States can lead this transformation, particularly in electric and self-driving vehicles, but it requires collaboration by the private and public sectors, supported by comprehensive federal policies.

A year ago, General Motors shared our commitment to an all-electric future — part of our vision to create a world with Zero Crashes, Zero Emissions and Zero Congestion.

Today, we are calling for a National Zero Emission Vehicle (NZEV) program to create a comprehensive approach to help move our country faster to an all-electric, zero emissions future. The most effective, efficient way to get there is with a thoughtful, thorough and consistent National ZEV program based on the existing ZEV framework, supported by complementary policies.
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https://www.usatoday.com/story/opinion/2018/10/26/general-motors-zero-emission-vehicle-electric-cars-mary-barra-ceo-column/1760801002/
 

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Unfortunately the standards they propose are pretty anemic. They claim they want the US to be a leader in the World, but China already has regulations that require several times more EVs in a shorter time frame.
 

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https://www.foxnews.com/auto/general-motors-proposing-national-electric-car-mandate-to-spur-industry.amp

General Motors will ask the federal government on Friday to mandate the sale of electric cars across the nation.

The automaker is proposing that Washington adopt a version of an existing California regulation that requires that a certain number of cars that an automaker sells are emissions-free.

The move would coincide with the establishment of a national set of standards that would end the California Air Resources Board’s ability to set its own regulations, which are followed by several other states.

"A national zero emissions program will drive the scale and infrastructure investments needed to allow the U.S. to lead the way to a zero-emissions future," GM Executive Vice President of Product Development Mark Reuss said.

The plan is being submitted as GM’s response to the Trump administration’s proposed rollback of an Obama-era fuel economy roadmap that originally set a targeted fleet average of 54.5 mpg by 2025, but allowed California to continue to set its own laws and did not require a certain number of electric cars in the mix.

Reuss said that a compromise between the federal government and California over a new national rule would be preferable to a drawn-out legal battle.

GM sells three plug-in cars today, the Chevrolet Bolt EV, Volt hybrid and Cadillac CT6 plug-in, and plans to expand its EV range to 20 models by 2023.

GM’s proposal starts with a 7 percent mandate in 2021 that grows to 25 percent by 2030, under the condition that battery manufacturing costs have reached a level of $70 per kilowatt-hour, which is approximately one-third of their current cost.

The program would expire once the 25 percent goal is met -- by which time GM calculated there will be 7 million zero-emission cars on the road -- up from just over 1 million today -- and the EV market will presumably be in a position to sustain itself.
 

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Terrific. So where are the federal policies to "make our country great again"?
I guess you missed the recent Executive Order! President Trump has ordered the phase-out of shredded cheese.

He really wants to make America grate again, and this is sure to do it!
 

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junebug said
GM’s proposal starts with a 7 percent mandate in 2021 that grows to 25 percent by 2030, under the condition that battery manufacturing costs have reached a level of $70 per kilowatt-hour, which is approximately one-third of their current cost.

thought the cost for Tesla battery is around 100.00 per kWh now
sounds like the diesel cars are not working out for GM
what is GM going to do when the electric truck comes out and every company manager jumps in on it, because of the huge cost savings for the companies
i wish that GM was leading this, not Tesla
wheres the hype from GM on the new stuff, all I hear from Mary is we would like to reduce future fuel emissions that are mandated and we are pushing diesel
 

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And we can't get the government of Canada to offer any rebates or incentives AT ALL!
 
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