“When the government starts demanding things and putting pressure on people, a lot of people get discouraged and that’s what has happened a lot of times in the EV market instead of letting the product drive the market,” Kemp continued.

Criticism of the IRA: Kemp echoed complaints from Republicans in Washington about the Biden administration’s efforts to promote the industry, saying that funding through the Inflation Reduction Act had “picked winners and losers.” And he argued that government spending under the IRA and other laws has raised interest rates, inflation and deficits, while doing little to develop the booming industry.

Kemp, however, stopped short of offering full support for repealing the administration’s climate bill, arguing that the focus should be on making it “equitable for everyone, making it fair for everyone.” Don’t pick winners and losers.”

Kemp’s comments come as the Biden administration is seeking a compromise regulation on vehicle emissions that would slow the pace of emissions cuts required in response to a slowdown in sales of electric and zero-emission vehicles and increased political pressure in the electorally critical state of Michigan. Republicans, including former President Donald Trump, have pounced on President Joe Biden’s embrace of electric vehicles in recent months in hopes of taking away the support of unionized auto workers in the important swing state.

Kemp said a slowdown in Biden’s goals for electric vehicle sales would also be a welcome step.

“Anything you can do to undo some of that would be helpful. I mean, the deadlines they are setting are just unrealistic,” she said.

By Sam