American Truckers Say 'No' To Biden's Big Rig EV Push

American Truckers Say 'No' To Biden's Big Rig EV Push

American over-the-road truck drivers are strongly opposing the Biden administration’s plan to make big rigs all electric beginning in 2027.

Truckers have expressed their worries about the potential replacement of diesel-powered trucks with electric heavy-duty vehicle technology, noting that the current state of electric vehicle technology is not advanced enough to meet the demands of the existing diesel-fueled fleet.

Truckers have pointed out various limitations of electric vehicles such as low performance in cold weather conditions and shorter range. They have also cautioned that the lack of high-powered charging infrastructure and power grid upgrades needed for fueling electric vehicles would present additional problems, Fox News reported.

“I’m an owner-operator. I’ve been in the business for 30 years,” Mike Nichols, a Wisconsin-based trucker, told Fox News Digital. “Even if they subsidized the cost of the electric vehicle 100%, I still would refuse because I still would go broke. That’s how useless they are. If they gave me one of these things, I still wouldn’t take it.”

“EV trucks don’t do as much work. They’re heavier, so they can’t haul as much. They don’t go as far. They take longer to charge,” Nichols noted further, saying he couldn’t continue operating his business if he was forced into using EV 18-wheelers.

“So, you’re going to need more trucks on the road, which is completely the opposite of what we would want if we were actually concerned about bettering our society,” he added.

The Environmental Protection Agency on Friday approved new regulations that will come into effect in 2026 for model year 2027 vehicles. These regulations will become progressively more stringent through model year 2032, affecting short-haul and long-haul tractor-trailer trucks, as well as vocational trucks such as delivery vehicles, school and public transit buses, garbage trucks, concrete trucks, and fire trucks.

“While the average diesel-powered semi-truck has a typical range of between 1,500 and 2,000 miles, depending on its mileage and tank size, the highest-end electric semi-truck, Tesla’s Semi model, has a range of 500 miles. And most other electric models have ranges below 330 miles, according to data compiled by Ptolemus Consulting Group,” Fox News added.


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