GM proposes National Zero Emission Vehicle program

The plan establishes zero-emissions vehicle (ZEV) requirements (by credits) each year, starting at 7 percent in 2021.
The plan establishes zero-emissions vehicle (ZEV) requirements (by credits) each year, starting at 7 percent in 2021. | File photo

General Motors has presented its National Zero Emissions Vehicle (NZEV) program comprehensive plan to the U.S. government.

According to Mark Reuss, GM’s executive vice president of Global Product Development, Purchasing and Supply Chain, the NZEV program is modeled on its existing program, with the addition of the following elements:

  • It establishes zero-emissions vehicle (ZEV) requirements (by credits) each year, starting at 7 percent in 2021 and increasing 2 percent each year to 15 percent by 2025, then 25 percent by 2030.
  • It models a crediting system per vehicle, based on the current ZEV program, electric vehicle range, and average banking and trading.
  • It links requirements after 2025 to a commercial path toward viable EV battery cell availability.
  • It implements a Zero Emissions Task Force to promote related policies.
  • It allows additional consideration for EVs deployed as autonomous vehicles and in rideshare programs.
  • It would terminate the program when the 25 percent target is met.

“The National Zero Emissions Program will drive the scale and infrastructure investments needed to allow the U.S. to lead the way to a zero emissions future,” Reuss said. “If fully supported by the federal government and automakers, it would enable more than 7 million long-range electric vehicles to be on the road between 2021 and 2026, which would mean eliminating 375 million tons of CO2 emissions. Productions will then increase by two percentage points each year thereafter through 2030. GM also proposes establishing a Zero Emissions Task Force to bring the program to fruition. It includes tax credits that would reach an average of 25 percent by 2030, with individual determination based on vehicle range and other data.” Reuss added.

The NZEV program aims to support a 50-state solution for the U.S. automotive industry and preserve U.S. industrial leadership. 

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