The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has recommended delaying a plan that would give electric vehicle (EV) manufacturers tradable credits under a federal biofuel program, in a final rule that the White House will now review, two sources familiar with the matter told Reuters.
The plan would have given EV automakers credits for charging vehicles using power generated from renewable natural gas or methane collected from sources such as cattle or landfills.
The EPA proposed last year the inclusion of EVs into the nation's Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) program. The EV industry had expected the new scheme to be finalized under a June 14 deadline, along with final biofuel blending obligations for the years 2023-2025.
The Biden administration is still hopeful it will pass a final rule on the EV program before the end of the year, even if it is uncoupled from the annual blending mandates, the two sources told Reuters.