As part of the Biden administration’s aggressive efforts to combat greenhouse gases, the Environmental Protection Agency is expected to announce more stringent emissions standards for new cars as early as July.
The new emissions rules likely won’t go into place for at least several years, though certainly automakers knew that a cancellation of the prior Trump administration’s rollbacks was imminent. Automakers largely reversed course last year and said that they supported higher standards for upcoming vehicles.
The EPA has not said if it will eventually pursue a ban on gasoline-fueled vehicles like that announced by California Governor Gavin Newsom in September 2020. Newsom said California will begin to phase out gas-fueled passenger cars with the goal of banning the sale of new gas-powered cars in the state by 2035.
Just how stringent the rules will be is not yet known. New EPA Administrator Michael Regan suggested to Bloomberg that California will once again be able to set emissions standards beyond federal requirements.
A number of states have adopted California standards. Among these 14 states are recent additions of Colorado and New Mexico. The Trump administration sought to block California from setting higher standards. Find an electric car for sale