Folks this is just grand standing of the political folks there.
The harsh truth is this. Laws or no laws Battery EV cars are coming in mass and no laws will be needed to force the change.
If you have been paying attention automakers have now been coming out in mass stating their intents to make the change on their own.
VW and GM were the first, since then a number have made the same announcement or at least are now announcing EV cars. Ferrari was the latest to announce a full EV car.
This is not a gimmick or short term trend.
What has happened is they have made gains on Battery cost and range that have shown they can now make their goals of affordable EV cars with ranges and charge times that will not be life style changing to the customers. Over the next 15 years we will see these goal met.
But what is driving this is once ROI on development is recovered these cars will be easier, faster and cheaper to build and sell netting a greater profit due to lower development cost. Less parts means smaller plants with less staff. No emissions testing. No added development cost and more expensive systems just to meet higher emissions standards or MPG. These are all real things driving this.
Cadillac just announced their new CUV EV. Many were expecting a starting price near $100k. The starting price is $59k. It will see more options and things added including a second motor but still come in less than the expected price.
It also is very stylish and much better inside than any Tesla. Range is min 300 miles but more is expected as GM is normally conservative on range. This is only the first of many interesting lower cost EV vehicles to come.
The market today wants reliable, affordable transportation before anything else. These will provide that.
Now I am a gas in the veins gear head. I make my living in the racing industry. We have recently made major steps to start look into into supplying and selling performance parts for EV vehicles.
The web stories of the Grid, range fears, cost etc are all falling away. The reality is this is coming and while there will still be some ICE hybrids till 2050 the growth of EV will be historic. Denial is no longer an option.
Now here is what I said all that for this. We as enthusiast need to start fighting now to protect out vintage ICE vehicles. As they become more rare there will be states and cities that will move to ban these vehicles. Much will be due to people passing off an old warn out truck they don’t want to give up on but really should not be on the road. We need to protect the classics and the use of the classic cars. We are not destroying the air as we are few in number. There is no justified reason to ban us. But with some of this in office pushing green agendas we will be branded as outlaws and they will try to vilify us and cancel us.
So please start getting a grip on the future and realize where this really is going and where we are most venerable.
Think it won’t happen? I have been part of the fight on the RPM act where the EPA tried to reinterpreted the laws on emissions to prevent you from modifying any new car for racing even as an off road only car. We got a break for 4 years but now these people are back and working to try again. I have spoken to congress men at my desk about this and some are willing to help. But in this day and age that may not be enough.
FYI. I still love my ICE vehicles. But I have driven a number of EV and even a hydrogen power cell GM vehicle. They are not bad. I wish they could leave it as our choice but I could live easily with EV and an ICE vehicle.
The real trouble with EV though is this. Noise or lack of it means it is harder to make the car quiet inside. The fact tech will continue to improve so will 5 year old EV cars be as popular as a 5 year old cell phone? Killing resale?
Added weight of all the vehicles and what they will do to our roads and bridges.
Things like this are what needs to play out yet. Also the taxes lost from gas tax and how will it be collected.
We have enough electricity now but there are areas that need grid work. EV cars or not these areas need grid work.
Note also these needs are going to take place over 10-20 years. In this time the grid will be updated where needed and chargers will be installed for cars that will charge faster and have longer ranges.
As for emissions the automakers really don’t care as that is someone else’s issue. They are just looking for a way to meet regulations and not add thousands more to the price to make ICE legal.
Time to deal with the reality vs the web fantasy. Like I stated before prepare yo defend your collector car. They can do something as simple as tax it to where you can no longer afford it.
Strip mining the planet is so good for the environment. (/Sarcasm) I'm sure our benevolent political class thought of that when they started putting these plans/ideas in place. I'm sure the countries who are being strip mined for the precious materials needed to make batteries will appreciate the environmental destruction where they live. I'm also sure the Political class will not suffer any ill effects you and I might because they will exempt themselves from anything that might inconvenience themselves. But for the good of planet you must suffer!
I'm not opposed to electric cars but batteries do not seem to be the way forward and just create more environmental waste that needs to be processed. Also the electric grid here in Texas couldn't handle the cold and just gave up. I at least had three different cars I could use thanks to gas power that I could use as a generator to power my mobile phone, have working heat, get to somewhere else, etc. Can you imagine plugging thousands (millions) on that same grid to charge up? Can you imagine electric cars not being able to charge in the cold and then their batteries die (probably voiding a warranty too). This rush to forced electricity is a terrible idea. Let the market decide. Let both coexist and then the transition will happen naturally or not at all if electric remains the inferior in terms of fueling and longevity.
Who here wants to have their car become essentially disposable like their cell phone does? Your gas powered car has an xx gallon gas tank in it. 25, 50, 80, etc. years down the road it still does. Yet the electric car's batteries degrade with use (especially with supercharging). What is their capacity 5 years, 10 years, etc. down the road? It won't be what it was on Day 1. Hydrogen or something else will be a better way to go electric.
Porsche is working on a synthetic fuel to keep the Internal combustion engine going...
I'm going to be the white haired uncle from Rush's "Red Barchetta" sooner than I think.