Toyota said the proposed credits for union-built vehicles devalue the work of those who chose not to join the union, and sent a message that promoting unions is more important than combating climate change.
Toyota backs incentives for EV purchases to accelerate transition to all-electric
Toyota urged Washington on Tuesday to “not play politics” with environmental issues by offering tax credits for electric vehicles made in the US, joining a group of foreign protests over the issue. President Joe Biden’s focus on helping blue-collar American workers in his Build Back Better law proposed offering $4,500 in tax credits for electric vehicles manufactured in the United States by union workers.
Toyota, which employs 36,000 workers at 10 US-based auto plants, supports “incentives to purchase electric vehicles to accelerate the transition,” the company said in a statement.
However, the Japanese automaker said the proposed credits for union-built vehicles devalue the work of those who chose not to join the union, and sent a message that promoting unions does more than combat climate change. is important.
“Let’s not play politics with the environment, the American autoworker or the American consumer,” Toyota said.
“It’s not fair. It’s not right.”
Washington’s major trading partners Canada and Mexico also sent letters to US congressional leaders objecting to the tax credits last week, saying they would violate US commitments to govern trade under the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement. infringe.
Canadian Trade Minister Mary Ng also warned that the action would undermine the highly integrated continental auto industry.
“If passed into law, these credits would have a major adverse effect on the future of EV and automotive production in Canada, resulting in the risk of severe economic losses and the loss of thousands of jobs in one of Canada’s largest manufacturing sectors. Will,” Ng said.
“American companies and workers will not be isolated from these effects.”
A letter from US Ambassador to Mexico Esteban Moctezuma Barragán and two dozen other ambassadors said the tax credit “conflicts with the goal of accelerated deployment of new sustainable technologies” because it is the only one of the more than 50 electric vehicles currently available. Applicable to two vehicles.
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