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Biden signs 'Buy American' order, announcing that government cars will be electrified

by:Yisheng      2021-06-11

On January 25, the new US President Biden signed the 'Buy American' executive order and stated that he planned to replace US government vehicles with electric vehicles assembled in the United States.

According to data from the U.S. General Services Administration, as of 2019, the U.S. government has 645,000 cars, driving 4.5 billion miles, and consuming 375 million gallons of gasoline and diesel; in 2019, the U.S. government spent on federal cars US$4.4 billion; as of July 2020, only 3,215 of the US government’s vehicles are electric vehicles.

However, replacing a fleet of this size with electric vehicles produced in the United States is very costly and takes time. Biden did not specify the specific time plan for the replacement of electric vehicles. The new president said that the replacement of the fleet will help his government's plan to create 1 million jobs in the US auto industry. It is not clear whether Biden's plan includes plug-in hybrid vehicles. When discussing these plans, the new fleet he mentioned refers to 'net zero emission' electric vehicles.

In addition, Biden also announced that it plans to use U.S.-made components more strictly in government-purchased vehicles. The current standard requires that at least 50% of auto parts come from the U.S., which will enable replacement of the fleet. It becomes more difficult.

Biden said: 'The 50% threshold is not high enough. The way we measure the source of parts does not take into account employment and economic activity in the United States, but we will change this. The executive order I signed today not only requires companies To produce more parts and components in the United States also requires the value of these parts and components to contribute to our economy, as measured by the number of jobs created and/or supported in the United States.'

Biden supports the new consumer subsidy policy, promotes electric vehicles to replace old cars with lower energy efficiency, and encourages the construction or reorganization of factories to assemble electric vehicles and parts; it also pledged to build 550,000 electric vehicle charging stations , And invest more funds in clean energy research.

Currently, there are not many pure electric vehicles assembled in the United States. Kristin Dziczek, vice president of the Center for Automotive Research, said: 'Currently, there are very few products, but the automotive industry is about to launch a large number of new products, many of which are produced in North America. Almost all US plants will produce hybrid or electric vehicles. Products.'

General Motors said in a statement, “President Biden’s commitment to support American manufacturing has encouraged the company and looks forward to the details of the order.” Ford said it “believes in investing in the United States and the American people. , American goods and American services must be a national mission.' Last year, Ford launched the 'Build for America' u200bu200bcampaign. As of press time, Tesla has not yet responded.

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