When President-elect Joe Biden takes office in January, his administration could chart a path for encouraging the adoption of electric vehicles in the U.S. Biden, a Democrat who ran against Republican President Donald Trump, has touted an aggressive, $2 trillion climate plan that includes tax credits for EVs and additional charging stations nationwide.
The plan could help automakers that are investing billions in new EVs. But challenges such as the future trajectory of oil prices, consumer preferences and congressional gridlock could interrupt the pace, according to Jeremy Michalek, director of the Vehicle Electrification Group at Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh. Staff Reporter Audrey LaForest spoke with Michalek, 43, about how the shifting political climate in Washington could influence the path of electrification. Here are edited excerpts.
Q: How might a Biden administration sway the adoption of EVs?