Electric vehicles are “stacking up on our lots,” and President Joe Biden should “tap the brakes on the unrealistic government electric vehicle mandate,” according to a letter signed by 55 car dealerships in Alabama and thousands of dealerships from across the country last week.

The letter asks Biden to “slow down your proposed regulations mandating battery electric vehicle (BEV) production and distribution.”

“Your Administration has proposed regulations that would essentially mandate a dramatic shift to battery electric vehicles (BEVs), increasing year after year until 2032, when two out of every three vehicles sold in America would have to be battery electric,” the car dealership officials state in the letter. “Currently, there are many excellent battery electric vehicles available for consumers to purchase. These vehicles are ideal for many people, and we believe their appeal will grow over time. The reality, however, is that electric vehicle demand today is not keeping up with the large influx of BEVs arriving at our dealerships prompted by the current regulations. BEVs are stacking up on our lots. Last year, there was a lot of hope and hype about EVs. Early adopters formed an initial line and were ready to buy these vehicles as soon as we had them to sell. But that enthusiasm has stalled. Today, the supply of unsold BEVs is surging, as they are not selling nearly as fast as they are arriving at our dealerships -- even with deep price cuts, manufacturer incentives, and generous government incentives.”

The Biden administration is planning some of the most stringent auto pollution limits in the world, designed to ensure that all-electric cars make up as much as 67% of new passenger vehicles sold in the country by 2032, according to the New York Times.

The car dealership officials continued in the letter, “While the goals of the regulations are admirable, they require consumer acceptance to become a reality. With each passing day, it becomes more apparent that this attempted electric vehicle mandate is unrealistic based on current and forecasted customer demand. Already, electric vehicles are stacking up on our lots which is our best indicator of customer demand in the marketplace.”

“Mr. President, no government agency, no think tank, and no polling firm knows more about the automobile customer than us. We talk to customers every day. As retail automotive dealerships, we are agnostic as to what we sell. Our business is to provide customers with vehicles that meet the needs of their budgets and lifestyles,” they add in the letter. “Some customers are in the market for electric vehicles, and we are thrilled to sell them. But the majority of customers are simply not ready to make the change. They are concerned about BEVs being unaffordable. Many do not have garages for home charging or easy access to public charging stations. Customers are also concerned about the loss of driving range in cold or hot weather. Some have long daily commutes and don’t have the extra time to charge the battery. Truck buyers are especially put off by the dramatic loss of range when towing. Today’s current technology is not adequate to support the needs of the majority of our consumers.”

“Many of these challenges can and will be addressed by our manufacturers, but many of these challenges are outside of their control. Reliable charging networks, electric grid stability, sourcing of materials, and many other issues need time to resolve. And finally, many people just want to make their own choice about what vehicle is right for them,” according to the letter.

“Mr. President, it is time to tap the brakes on the unrealistic government electric vehicle mandate. Allow time for the battery technology to advance. Allow time to make BEVs more affordable. Allow time to develop domestic sources for the minerals to make batteries. Allow time for the charging infrastructure to be built and prove reliable. And most of all, allow time for the American consumer to get comfortable with the technology and make the choice to buy an electric vehicle,” the car dealership officials state.

Alabama dealerships who signed onto the letter promoted by a group called “EV Voice of the Customer” and signed by 3,882 dealerships across the nation were: 

  • AutoNation Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram Mobile

  • AutoNation Ford Mobile

  • AutoNation Honda at Bel Air Mall

  • Bill Penney Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram

  • Bill Penney Ford

  • Bill Penney Mitsubishi

  • Bill Penney Toyota

  • Bill Penney Toyota of Jasper

  • BMW of Mobile

  • Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram Andalusia

  • Fikes Chevrolet, Inc.

  • Greenway Chevrolet of the Shoals

  • Greenway Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram of Anniston

  • Greenway Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram of Florence

  • Greenway Honda of Florence

  • Greenway Hyundai of Decatur

  • Greenway Hyundai of the Shoals

  • Greenway Kia of Riverchase

  • Greenway Kia of the Shoals

  • Greenway Nissan of Florence

  • Hendrick Chevrolet 

  • Hendrick Chrysler Dodge Jeep 

  • Hendrick Subaru

  • Hoover Toyota

  • Hull-Dobbs Ford

  • Hyundai/Genesis of Auburn

  • Lynch Chevrolet-Cadillac of Auburn

  • Lynch Nissan

  • Lynch Toyota

  • Lynch Toyota of Auburn

  • Nissan Andalusia

  • Opelika Chrysler

  • Opelika Ford

  • Palmer’s Toyota Superstore

  • Sandy Sansing Chevrolet of Foley

  • Sandy Sansing Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram of Foley

  • Sandy Sansing Ford

  • Sandy Sansing Lincoln

  • Sandy Sansing Nissan of Foley

  • Serra Hyundai

  • Serra Toyota Birmingham

  • Serra Toyota Decatur

  • Step One Chevrolet

  • Sunny King Ford

  • Sunny King Honda

  • Sunny King Toyota

  • Team One Chevrolet of Gadsden

  • Team One Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram of Gadsden

  • Team One Hyundai of Gadsden

  • Team One Nissan of Albertville

  • Team One Toyota

  • Toyota of Montgomery

  • Toyota of the Shoals

  • U-J Chevrolet Co., Inc.

  • University Kia

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