EVs Still Have Problems, Ethanol Reducing Carbon Now, Witnesses Tell House Ag

Electric vehicles still have problems, while ethanol is reducing carbon pollution today, witnesses told the U.S. House Agriculture Committee.

Despite EVs high costs, range, recharging, and rare mineral issues, GM Vice President for Global Regulatory Affairs David Strickland told Ag lawmakers; “The future of ground transportation is electrification, period. The world has recognized it too, it isn’t just us, it’s Europe, it’s China, it’s Asia.”

But Renewable Fuels Association chief Geoff Cooper argued corn ethanol is already here and reducing carbon emissions.

“Today’s corn ethanol already cuts greenhouse gas emissions by approximately 50-percent compared to gasoline, according to the Department of Energy, Harvard University and others. With increase adoption of low-carbon farming practices, carbon capture, sequestration and storage, and other technologies, we are well on our way to producing zero-carbon corn ethanol.”

Sheetz Executive Trevor Walter for the National Association of Convenience Stores also argued for a technology-neutral approach.

“Those who would ban internal combustion engines are making a grave mistake. Such a ban would end investment in those technologies, and the technologies that fuel them. A ban would set renewables on a path to elimination and would cause economic hardship for the farmers that produce and sell the feedstock for those fuels.”

RFA’s Cooper pointed out before the hearing, a recent survey that shows the public is still wary of EVs.

“Only 10-percent of those surveyed said they would consider a batter-electric or plug-in hybrid-electric vehicle for their next vehicle purchase, and 70-percent are strictly considering an internal combustion engine for their next vehicle purchase.”

The Energy Information Administration found that most vehicles will still use internal combustion engines by mid-century.