It’s been several months since we surveyed top automotive executives and insiders on the major legal issues facing the industry for our 2023 Automotive Trends Report.
As the automotive world continues to evolve and navigate a shifting legal landscape, we look at some of the major themes driving it forward… and the ones that might be in the rearview mirror.
In part 2 of our midyear check-in, Clay Cossé, Dommond Lonnie, and Mike Carey identify on the major legal issues driving the future of Electric Vehicles.
Compliance with federal fuel efficiency standards
While the NHTSA fell short of its April timeline to issue new fuel economy standards, the EPA continues to push forward, announcing a proposal for more stringent fuel standards in April. If passed, the rule would reduce greenhouse gas emissions from heavy-duty vehicles beginning in model year 2027. Some view this as a technology mandate for electric vehicles—complying with the rule would be difficult for automakers without electrifying their fleets.
Public charging infrastructure disputes
After a recent JD Power survey identified “charging availability” as the biggest friction point for consumers considering going electric, the industry took note. Legacy automakers are increasingly announcing collaborations with electric vehicle brands to use their charging stations and give consumers more access to public charging. Don’t expect this trend to go away—these announcements have already been met with industry-wide praise (and relief), and may also signal a major opportunity for cooperation in the EV space.