Will Trump’s rollback of auto standards hurt electric cars? Experts offer mixed takes

“The Trump administration’s recent proposal to freeze vehicle emissions standards may be nothing more than a “political distraction” for the electric vehicle market, according to one energy and transportation expert.

Philip Sheehy, technical director at consultancy ICF, called the change a “small political hiccup.” He said there’s little disagreement within the auto industry about whether EV penetration will grow, but there is a difference of opinion about the timeline of “the transitional period.”

Experts suggest the freezing of Corporate Average Fuel Economy standards through 2026 alone likely won’t slow EV growth, but the administration’s proposal to roll back California’s waivers to institute stricter emissions rules and EV mandates could have an impact.”

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