The rapid conversion of the U.S. transportation system to electric vehicles (EVs) will increase dependence on China for a critical link in the U.S. supply chain, according to Rep. Ryan Zinke (R-Mont.).
Zinke raised the concern while questioning Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg about the impact proposed federal rules for vehicle emissions would have on the U.S. supply chain. The rules announced on April 12 would result in 67 percent of new passenger vehicles and light trucks being EVs by 2032, along with 50 percent of buses, 35 percent of short-haul freight tractors, and 25 percent of long-haul freight tractors.
The questioning occurred during an April 20 subcommittee hearing on the proposed 2024 budget for the Department of Transportation….