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Biden’s electric car push hits retreat in US Senate Reuters

© Reuters. File photo: US President Joe Byden touring the General Motors “Factory Zero” electric vehicle assembly plant next to UAW President Ray Curry and General Motors CEO Mary Barra in Detroit, Michigan, USA, Hummer Visit the EV production line.

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Washington (Reuters)-The White House’s bid to dramatically raise tax credits for electric vehicles was a major obstacle on Sunday when major Senate Democrats said they wouldn’t support the $ 1.75 trillion domestic investment bill. ..

Joe Manchin, West Virginia, seems to have hit a deadly blow to President Joe Biden’s signature domestic policy bill, known as Buildback Better, which also aims to expand social safety nets and tackle climate change. ..

The bill includes raising the current $ 7,500 EV tax credit to up to $ 12,500 for US union vehicles and creating a deduction of up to $ 4,000 for used cars. The bill will also be tax deductible after General Motors (NYSE :) and Tesla (NASDAQ :) Inc have reached the existing $ 7,500 credit 200,000 vehicle limit.

The bill also includes a 30% credit for commercial electric vehicles.

Both GM and Ford launched electric pickup trucks in 2022, and new tax credits may be important not only to meet initial sales targets, but also to meet increasing vehicle emission requirements. ..

Biden hopes that by 2030, 50% of new US vehicles will be electric or plug-in electric hybrids. The government plans to finalize strict new vehicle emission rules by 2026 soon this week.

Manchin opposes a $ 4,500 tax credit on union vehicles that is part of the $ 12,500 proposal. He calls the union’s credit “wrong” and “not American.”

EV tax deductions are backed by Byden, many Democrats in Parliament, the United Auto Workers (UAW) union, and at the parent company of Detroit’s big three automakers GM, Ford Motor (NYSE :) Co, and Chrysler. Disproportionately benefits a Stellantis NV. The vehicle was manufactured at a factory represented by the union.

Tesla and foreign automakers operating in the United States do not have unions on behalf of assembly workers, and many have fought UAW’s efforts to organize factories in the United States.

Toyota Motor (NYSE :) Corp, which has a factory in West Virginia but is not a member of the US employee, lobbyed for $ 4,500 in union credit.

Toyota announced this month that it will build a $ 1.29 billion battery plant in North Carolina, and EV startup Rivian Automotive announced Thursday that it will build a $ 5 billion plant in Georgia.

The vehicle must be manufactured in the United States from 2027 to qualify for one of the $ 12,500 credits, including $ 500 for a US-made battery. Faced with criticism from Canada, Mexico, Japan and the European Union.

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