Biden promises to outstrip China in electric bus business

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Robert Besser
25 Apr 2021, 06:41 GMT+10

WASHINGTON D.C.: Following a virtual tour of an electric bus and battery manufacturing facility earlier in the week, President Joe Biden stressed the importance of the country bolstering the manufacturing of electric vehicles to prevent China from dominating this market.

“We have a lot of catching up to do, but we’re going to be in a position where we ought to own the future,” the president said during the tour.

“We ought to be the single most significant suppliers of electric buses and vehicles in the world before it’s over. Right now, we’re running way behind China,” Biden said.

China’s automotive manufacturers clocked sales reaching some 1.3 million passenger electric vehicles last year, in comparison with 328,000 in the U.S., according to Canalys, an independent analyst company.

In pursuit of a change, the U.S. president has put forth a proposal for a $174-billion investment to speed up the manufacturing and selling of emission-free buses and car models, in addition to increasing the number of EV chargers, comprising $100 billion in rebates offered to customers.

Biden participated in a tour of the South Carolina Proterra plant, which is manufacturing electric buses. Out of the planned $174 billion, the president has suggested spending $20 billion for the electrification of no less than 20 percent of the massive school bus fleet, as well as $25 billion for the electrification of several transit vehicle models, under his measure to funnel $2.3 trillion for updating infrastructure and creating jobs. Biden affirmed that Proterra “is getting us in the game.”

The Biden administration’s focus on driving the electrification of vehicles comes in the wake of the Chinese domination of the global electric bus market.

According to Proterra’s projections, some 50 percent of the entire fleet of newly manufactured buses in North America in 2025 would be electric.

The White House noted that more than 475,000 school buses and 65,000 transit buses, largely driven on diesel fuel, are used in the United States.

The White House quoted Biden for having made a “commitment that all American-made buses would be zero-emission by 2030,” though ambiguity still exists on the manner of execution. zimbabwenews

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