Sen. King urges lawmakers to promote domestic electric vehicle supply chains

WASHINGTON, DC - MAY 09: U.S. Sen. Angus King (ID-ME) speaks during a confirmation hearing for CIA Director nominee Gina Haspel before the Senate (Select) Committee on Intelligence May 9, 2018 in Washington, DC. If confirmed, Haspel will succeed Mike Pompeo to be the next CIA director. (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images)

WASHINGTON, D.C. – MAY 09: U.S. Sen. Angus King (ID-ME) speaks during a confirmation hearing for CIA Director nominee Gina Haspel before the Senate (Select) Committee on Intelligence May 9, 2018 in Washington, D.C. (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images)

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Independent Sen. Angus King (Maine) touts America’s electric vehicle capabilities. During an interview with Axios on Tuesday, King said EV companies would be able to recycle batteries within the next five years.

King said the issue of EV independence isn’t only an environmental issue, but a national security issue as well. He added right now the U.S. is over-dependent on supply chains with China when it comes to EV technology.

“You don’t have to have much imagination to say okay, we get to a significant penetration of EV and then suddenly we get into some kind of conflict with China and they say, no more rare-earth minerals, no more cobalt, no more things you need for batteries. Lithium, and we’re in a really bad place,” said King. “So, as I say, there’s a very important national security aspect to this and it’s a matter of stimulating and developing the domestic industry.”

Sen. King went on to promote a provision of the bipartisan infrastructure bill that he says would help American companies develop their EV’s even better.

“[We’re] trying to jumpstart an entire industry. Here it is,” he said. “It is feasible, but it’s not easy and it’s something that’s going to take some time. And frankly, it’s going to take some federal support just as other areas of energy development have.”

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