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The U.S. will review the impact of the SKI ban on Biden's environmental transportation goals

by:Yisheng      2021-06-07

According to foreign media reports, Polly Trottenberg, the Deputy Secretary of Transportation nominated by the U.S. government, said that the U.S. Department of Transportation will analyze what the ruling on SK Innovation (SKI) electric vehicle battery trade will bring to the Biden administration’s environmental transportation goals. influences.

On February 10, the U.S. International Trade Commission (ITC) made a ruling on the trade secrets and patent disputes between South Korea’s LG Chem and SKI on electric vehicle batteries, prohibiting SKI from importing lithium-ion batteries in the United States in the next 10 years . However, in order to avoid a serious impact on the battery supply of American car companies, ITC allowed SKI to import the parts and components required for the production of lithium-ion batteries in the United States for the Ford F-150 electric vehicle project for a period of 4 years; SKI can also provide Volkswagen The American MEB electric vehicle production line imports the parts and components needed to produce lithium-ion batteries in the United States for a period of 2 years.

US Senator Raphael Warnock said that this ruling 'seriously threatens' the prospects of SKI's Georgia factory. Warnock called the SKI ruling a 'heavy blow' to Georgia workers and Biden's electric vehicle plan. Biden has 60 days to veto or allow the ruling to take effect. It is reported that the investment of the factory is about 2.6 billion U.S. dollars and plans to hire 2,600 workers. It is currently under construction.

On February 23, SKI stated to the White House that Biden’s opposition to the ruling was “necessary to support the government’s policy in response to the climate crisis”. SKI said the ruling will force it to close its Georgia factory, resulting in a loss of nearly 50% of the country’s “electric vehicle production capacity”. Previously, Biden had stated that it would replace approximately 650,000 vehicles of the US government with electric vehicles, and the new government would shift its focus to clean energy.

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