Although the U.S. electric car market is about to usher in a major milestone this month, Trump's lack of attention has given the automaker giants new ideas.
On Friday, GM said it hoped the Trump administration would start a nationwide zero-emission vehicle program by 2021 to boost sales of zero-emission vehicles such as electric vehicles. The project will be based on California's zero-emission policy, which will bring the number of electric vehicles on American roads to 7 million by 2030.
Mark Reuss, head of GM's product division, said the nationwide program would create jobs and reduce the cost of electric vehicles:
But Autotrader analyst Michelle Krebs commented that GM's proposal might be the best way out of the federal government's disagreement with California. But whether the government will accept it is another question.
In August, the Trump administration proposed changes to Obama's fuel policy, setting the new standard at 37 miles a gallon. During Obama's first term as president, the U.S. government demanded that automakers achieve 54.5 miles per gallon by 2025.
The proposal calls for automakers and other companies to respond to the revised emissions agreement by October 26. At present, mainstream automobile manufacturers have indicated that they do not support the suspension of emission requirements.
In addition, the California government had requested that sales of electric or other zero-emission vehicles should reach 15.4% by 2025. Nine states, including Maryland, Massachusetts, New Jersey and New York, have also adopted these requirements. In January, California Governor Jerry Brown also set a target of five million zero-emission vehicles by 2030.
But California's own emissions requirements and policies for more zero-emission vehicles have also met with opposition from the Trump administration. The Trump administration believes that California's policy is to let automakers spend tens of billions of dollars developing vehicles that most consumers don't want, which will only lead to losses.
In response, California Air Resources Committee Chairman Mary Nichols said last month that the state would "continue to insist on reducing emissions of cars, including millions of zero-emission vehicles."