Manchin has said he supports tax credits for clean energy, but has voiced opposition to expanding credits for electric vehicles.
But Granholm also indicated that updating the nation’s mining regulations to help increase US production of critical minerals, a top priority for West Virginia’s Manchin, could convince him to support incentives for electric vehicles.
“We have to be responsible in terms of how quickly we can allow and how far we have to go in extracting in the United States,” he said. “If we address those things, I think you understand the importance of lowering the price of electric vehicles because they are so much cheaper to drive. [and] they are much cheaper to maintain and own over the life of the vehicle.”
The Department of Energy recently published a funding announcement under the bipartisan infrastructure law for the processing of mined materials used to make batteries for electric vehicles.
“That part of things, if we’re able to put it into practice, helps solve the problem that you’re legitimately concerned about,” he said of Manchin.