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EV transition cools as demand slows and automakers trim production

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🗞️ Driving the news: The Biden administration's efforts to promote electric vehicle (EV) adoption in the United States are encountering hurdles 
Despite a significant rise in EV sales, the growth rate is not meeting expectations, primarily due to consumer concerns about high costs, limited battery range, and a lack of charging infrastructure

🔭 The context: U.S. sales of fully electric cars surged by over 50% in 2023 compared to 2022, but this increase is lower than what automakers forecasted 
This has led to a reassessment of production plans and investment strategies in the EV sector

🌍 Why it matters for the planet: Electric vehicles play a vital role in reducing transportation emissions 
The slower pace of EV adoption could hinder the United States' progress in meeting its climate goals and shifting towards a more sustainable transportation future

⏭️ What's next: The trajectory of EV adoption may align with the White House’s target of 50% zero-emissions new vehicle sales by 2030 if improvements in charging infrastructure and enhanced consumer awareness about the advantages of EVs are realized

💬 One quote: "The narrative has taken over that EVs aren’t growing. They’re growing, it’s just growing at a slower pace than the industry and quite frankly, we, expected," (John Lawler, Ford CFO)

📈 One stat: There were 869,000 fully electric vehicles sold in the U.S. in the first 10 months of 2023, marking a 56% increase from the same period in 2022

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