The debate between automakers and regulators over U.S EV policies reached a fever pitch at the 2015 CAR Management Briefing Seminars.
Two lobby groups representing the major manufacturers passionately told attendees that manufacturers are struggling to meet California's 15 percent EV sales by 2025 mandate. Not to mention the 9 other states who have adopted identical targets.
Countering was Diarmuid O'Connel VP of Business Development at Tesla, who thinks that EV demand could be higher if only the government would make tougher rules for the manufacturers to adhere to in terms of performance and styling. (LOL)
Federal regs state that automakers new vehicle lineups must average 54.4 mpg by 2025. California + 9 have taken it further by setting state level quotas of ZEV vehicles.
Former National Auto Dealer Association President Forrest McConnell compared EV mandates to offering consumers broccoli when they asked for low-calorie doughnuts instead.
The question begs to be asked. Where is the consumer being factored into this pissing match between overlords?