Lummis Demands Biden Admin Withdraw EV Mandate

January 24, 2024

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senator Cynthia Lummis (R-WY) joined U.S. Senator Mike Crapo (R-ID) and a bicameral group of 121 members of Congress in sending a letter to U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) Deputy Administrator Sophie Shulman calling for the withdrawal of the Biden Administration’s proposed Corporate Average Fuel Economy (CAFE) standards for passenger cars and light-duty trucks that would effectively mandate the mass production of electric vehicles (EVs) and phase out gas-powered cars and trucks. People in Wyoming deserve to have the freedom to choose what car they drive, especially in the Cowboy State where harsh terrain and extreme weather pose very real challenges that EVs are not yet ready to tackle.

“The Biden administration’s EV mandate is an unrealistic pipedream that lacks a sense of reality,” said Lummis. “People in Wyoming do not drive electric vehicles because not only is the infrastructure not in place, but the batteries cannot sustain the cold temperatures in Wyoming during the winter. It is past time for people to be able to choose what kind of car they want to drive without unnecessary mandates.” 

Click here to read the letter. 

Lummis has actively fought back against the Biden administration’s EV agenda. In October 2023, Lummis cosponsored the Choice in Automobile Retail Sales (CARS) Act to counter the Biden administration’s radical environmental agenda and executive overreach by preventing the implementation of a proposed rule and other regulations that seek to limit consumer vehicle choice. In November 2023, she sent a letter to Senate and House leadership urging them to defund the Biden administration’s EV mandate. Sen. Lummis also cosponsored the Stop EV Freeloading Act to ensure EVs pay into the Highway Trust Fund to support the construction and maintenance of our nation’s roads and bridges.