Statements from seven businesses and organizations opposed to HB 6233

LANSING (December 7, 2020) – At the very end of this year’s lame-duck session, Michigan state lawmakers are quietly considering a reckless new bill that directly prohibits the promotion, sale, and servicing of electric vehicles (EV) in Michigan by EV manufacturers – a blow to the state’s growing EV market and Michigan consumers. HB6233 was passed by the Michigan House of Representatives last week and now heads to the Senate.

The following are statements from representatives at seven businesses and organizations opposed to HB 6233:

Statement from James Chen, Vice President, Public Policy at Rivian:

“The all-electric R1T pickup, R1S SUV, and Rivian’s delivery van for Amazon were designed and engineered in Michigan at our facility in Plymouth. Rivian employs hundreds of Michiganders at its operations in this state. HB 6233, as passed by the House, would prevent Rivian from promoting and servicing its Michigan-created products. This bill is bad for Michigan, bad for innovation, bad for economic investment, and bad for consumers. If passed, the bill would hamper free access to our products by Michiganders and force them to cross state lines or even international borders to obtain service.”

Statement from Daniel Witt, Head of Public Policy at Lucid Motors:

“HB 6233 only serves to undermine consumer choice and access to dependable automotive service. Last year, nearly 70 percent of all EVs sold in the state were sold directly to consumers, never touching a dealer lot. Consumers have made their choice clear.  What is unclear is why politicians in the State would seek to turn away new investment and job opportunities at a time when every state is in need.”

Statement from Chris Kerzich, Director of Government Relations and Corporate Affairs at Lordstown Motors:

“As a company which has recently made significant investment within the state of Michigan in terms of economic impact and job creation, Lordstown Motors finds HB 6233 troubling. HB 6233 threatens to make it harder for EV companies like us to enter and succeed in Michigan, ceding the jobs and economic growth companies such as Lordstown Motors have brought and continue to bring to the State.  Lordstown Motors urges legislatures to consider the economic impacts that Lordstown Motors and similar companies can bring to the state and realize that this could be impeded on by bills such as HB 6233 that make selling much more difficult within the state.”

Statement from Rosemary Shahan, President at Consumers for Auto Reliability and Safety (CARS):

“Car dealers are attempting to hold consumers in Michigan captive, essentially driving up the   price of zero-emission EVs with advanced safety technology that is proven to save lives by having the consumer go through additional hurdles to purchase and receive the EV of their choice. These additional hurdles along the purchase process will put EVs out of reach for many consumers, who are already struggling because of the economic fallout from the pandemic. This is the absolute worst time for Michigan to adopt such anti-consumer, anti-environment, anti-safety special interest legislation”. 

Statement from Joel Levin, Executive Director at Plug-in America:

“This bill is bad for Michigan innovation and jobs at a time we should be growing the EV industry, not setting up barriers to its success. Michigan needs policies that will lead to more EVs on the road and more choices for consumers. HB 6233 does the opposite.”

Statement from Charlotte Jameson, Program Director at Michigan Environmental Council:

The future of the automotive industry is electric and Michigan is well positioned to lead in that space. But House Bill 6233 would create a barrier to market-access for all-EV manufacturers, stymying innovation in the electric vehicle industry and sending a message that Michigan is not a welcoming state despite claiming the mantle as the automotive capital. Michiganders have so much to benefit from the transition to EVs from cleaner air, to lower electricity cost, to big savings for consumers. Our legislature should be focused on policies that facilitate the growth of the EV industry in Michigan, not legislation that pushes jobs and auto customers out of state.”

Statement from Micaela Preskill, Midwest Advocate at E2 (Environmental Entrepreneurs): 

“This bill disrupts a burgeoning new sector in Michigan. Prohibiting EV makers from selling and servicing their own products is not only bad for consumers and workers, it carelessly sabotages the market in the state for future growth. If lawmakers pass HB6233, they are sending Michigan consumers — and the jobs they support – across state lines and sending a clear message that Michigan does not want to be a leader in   the future global auto market.”

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This statement follows a letter signed by 15 businesses and organizations opposed to HB6233. Signers include Rivian, Lordstown Motors, Lucid Motors, Sierra Club Michigan Chapter, Michigan Environmental Council, Ecology Center, Plug In America, Information Technology and Innovation Foundation, E2 (Environmental Entrepreneurs), Natural Resources Defense Council. EVBox, Michigan League of Conservation Voters, Consumers for Auto Reliability and Safety, Bollinger Motors, and Mackinac Center for Public Policy.

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