Saturday, July 20, 2024

Senate Republicans Introduce REVEAL Act to Reform Electric Vehicle Efficiency Metrics

by BIZ Magazine

Washington, D.C. – A group of Senate Republicans, led by U.S. Senators Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA), John Barrasso (R-WY), Cynthia Lummis (R-WY), Mike Lee (R-UT), John Hoeven (R-ND), and Jim Risch (R-ID), have introduced the Recalculating Electric Vehicle Efficiency for Accuracy and Legitimacy (REVEAL) Act. This legislation aims to mandate more accurate criteria for the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) when calculating the “petroleum-equivalent average fuel economy” for electric vehicles (EVs).

The REVEAL Act addresses concerns that current metrics used by the DOE and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) to set Corporate Average Fuel Economy (CAFE) standards for automakers are flawed. The senators argue that these metrics could be manipulated by the Biden administration to indirectly mandate the production of EVs at the expense of gas and diesel-powered vehicles.

“Bogus statistics supporting bogus regulations is not what the country needs to point to an energy future,” said Senator Cassidy. “This requires accurate information to make accurate decisions. That’s the better way.”

Senator Barrasso echoed these sentiments, emphasizing the need for transparency and consumer choice. “No administration should be able to rig efficiency calculations for electric cars. The REVEAL Act would prevent the Secretary of Energy from using these faulty calculations to prohibit the sale of gas or diesel-powered cars or trucks. This is a needed step to help fight against the Biden administration’s continued manipulation of the auto market and put Americans back in the driver’s seat.”

The bill seeks to ensure that the weight and class of EVs are directly comparable to traditional gasoline and diesel vehicles when making fuel economy calculations. It also aims to factor in the conservation of critical minerals used in EV batteries and the impact of extreme temperatures and battery degradation on efficiency.

“If this administration wants to erode consumer choice and force EVs on the people of Wyoming, then the Department of Energy needs to hold these vehicles to the same standards as their gas-powered counterparts,” stated Senator Lummis. “The benefits of EVs appear illusionary at best, and our bill forces this administration to be transparent by compelling the DOE to more accurately measure the relative efficiency of EVs.”

Senator Lee emphasized the importance of unbiased information for consumers. “For years, federal agencies have exaggerated the fuel efficiency of EVs to artificially promote their adoption by American drivers. It’s time to hold our government accountable and ensure Utahns have accurate information to choose the best vehicle for their needs—not the preferences of Washington bureaucrats.”

Senator Hoeven added, “The Biden administration continues to push onerous EV-mandates that distort the auto market and limit consumer choice. Our legislation would ensure that federal agencies use realistic measurements, such as range and cold weather performance, when evaluating an auto manufacturer’s fleet-wide compliance with fuel economy standards.”

Key provisions of the REVEAL Act include:

  • Ensuring that the weight and class of EVs are directly comparable to gasoline and diesel vehicles when calculating petroleum-equivalent fuel economy.
  • Considering the need to conserve critical minerals used in the manufacture of batteries and EVs.
  • Accounting for the impact of extreme temperatures and battery degradation on efficiency.
  • Coordinating with the U.S. Department of Transportation to incorporate new methods for calculating EV efficiency in any proposed or amended CAFE standards.

The REVEAL Act represents a significant push by Senate Republicans to reform how EV efficiency is measured and to ensure that federal policies promote transparency and consumer choice in the automotive market.

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