WASHINGTON - The United Auto Workers union said Friday it wants tariff incentives for electric vehicles revised to require U.S. assembly for those vehicles to qualify.
The current tax incentive of $7,500 does not require electric vehicles to be made in the United States.The UAW is working with the Biden AdministrationBiden Administration and Congress to make sure the proposed state legislation extending electric vehicle subsidies are clear that these investments subsidize the jobs of U.S. workers, said UAW Vice President Terry Dittes.
On Thursday, General Motors announced that it would invest $1 billion in its Mexico operations and begin building EVs there in 2023.
Debbie Dingell, a Democrat from America, said electric vehicles must be built in Michigan by the best workforce in the world, the American worker.Not a single US dollar should support our own jobs being shipped to Mexico.
The White House did not immediately comment on Friday, but President Joe Biden has ordered $174 billion to boost production of EVs, sales and infrastructure; including $100 billion in new consumer rebates.
On Wednesday, Biden told the U.S. lawmakers that there's no reason why American workers don't lead the world in the production of electric vehicles and batteries.
In response to the UAW, GM announced recently nearly 9,000 jobs and more than $9 billion in new electric vehicles or battery cell manufacturing facilities in Michigan, Ohio and Tennessee.
Last month, the UAW criticized Ford Motor's plan to build a new car on an Ohio plant rather than at an Mexico plant.Ford said in November that it was planning to build another EV in its plant in Cuautitlan, Mexico, where it is built the Mustang Mach-E.
Ford and Aceracited a person familiar with the matter saying that Automotive News called them '' EV building in Mexico and instead decided to build them in Ohio.Ford refused to comment on it.
GM plans to build two Chevrolet electric SUVs at Ramos Arizpe in 2023, according to Sam Fiorani, who tracks future car production for AutoForecast Solutions.Ramos Arizpe said that it also planned to build batteries and electrical components at GM.
GM already manufactures EVs at four manufacturing sites in the United States and Canada.In 2035, GM has said that it seeks to halt USA gasoline sales in US passenger vehicles.