EPA proposes strict limits on tailpipe emissions to speed up electric vehicle transition

William Brangham:

The effort to transition to electric cars is already under way in this country. And almost all automakers have rolled out new electric models, with a few even pledging to go fully carbon-neutral soon.

But, still, there are some real challenges ahead on the road to an all-electric future. One is about the batteries for these cars. The minerals currently needed for them, lithium, nickel, cobalt and others, are primarily produced in China, and some are mined in dangerous, inhumane conditions in parts of Africa. But there are other issues.

John Bozzella is the president of the Alliance for Automotive Innovation, which represents carmakers.

John Bozzella, President and CEO, Alliance for Automotive Innovation: When you talk to consumers, what you often hear is, how far will this go on a charge and where can I charge it?

And so that raises two immediate questions. Do we have sufficient charging infrastructure? Are there high-speed chargers available on interstates between metropolitan areas, so that I can take a longer trip, as opposed to just moving three or four miles around my hometown?


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