EPA Finalizes Tougher New Vehicle Emissions Requirements

U.S. President Joe Biden wants 50% of all new vehicles sold in 2030 to be EV or plug-in hybrid models but has not endorsed California’s plan to phase out new gas-powered light-duty vehicles by 2035.

David Shepardson, Reuters

The EPA on Dec. 20 finalized new vehicle emissions requirements through 2026 that reverse former President Donald Trump’s rollback of car pollution cuts and will speed a U.S. shift to more electric vehicles (EVs).

EPA Administrator Michael Regan called the tough standards “doable” even as he vowed to quickly move ahead with the next round of requirements. “We are setting robust and rigorous standards that will aggressively reduce the pollution that is harming people and our planet,” Regan said.

In August, President Joe Biden’s administration proposed undoing the Trump-era action easing requirements imposed during the presidency of Barack Obama. The new rule finalized Dec. 20 is tougher than EPA’s August proposal or requirements issued by Obama.

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