The Republican-led House of Representatives on Thursday voted to prohibit the Biden Administration from moving forward with a series of stringent electric vehicle mandates that would result in upwards of 67 percent of new vehicles being electric by 2032.
“While EVs may play a large role in the future of the auto industry, Washington should not discount other technologies like hydrogen, hybrids, and the internal combustion engine,” said U.S. Rep. Tim Walberg (R-MI).
Five Democrats ultimately joined Republicans in passing the measure with a 221 to 197 vote. Biden has threatened to veto the legislation, arguing that it would “catastrophically impair” the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) ability to regulate the auto industry.
The EPA has claimed that the targeted standards would reduce carbon emissions by 56 percent by 2032. Automakers meanwhile have called on Biden to issue less stringent guidelines, pointing to lack of profitability of EVs, as well as a lack of infrastructure.
Biden has also signed a number of executive orders that will convert the entire federal vehicle fleet to electric by 2035.
Under these guidelines, the U.S. Army and Navy have released strategies detailing plans to drastically reduce emissions and move towards electric vehicles. In February of last year, the U.S. Army released a climate strategy that aims to slash emissions in half by 2030, transition to all-electric non-combat vehicles by 2035 and work towards the development of electric combat vehicles by 2050. The Army also plans to install a microgrid at every installation by 2035.
Former President Donald Trump has vowed to undo Biden’s executive orders if re-elected to a second term.