"Biden Administration Announces Rules Aimed at Expanding Electric Vehicles"

"The regulations would require automakers to sell more electric vehicles and hybrids by gradually tightening limits on tailpipe pollution."

"The Biden administration on Wednesday issued one of the most significant climate regulations in the nation’s history, a rule designed to ensure that the majority of new passenger cars and light trucks sold in the United States are all-electric or hybrids by 2032.

Nearly three years in the making, the new tailpipe pollution limits from the Environmental Protection Agency would transform the American automobile market. A record 1.2 million electric vehicles rolled off dealers’ lots last year, but they made up just 7.6 percent of total U.S. car sales, far from the 56 percent target under the new regulation. An additional 16 percent of new cars sold would be hybrids.

Cars and other forms of transportation are, together, the largest single source of carbon emissions generated by the United States, pollution that is driving climate change and that helped to make 2023 the hottest year in recorded history. Electric vehicles are central to President Biden’s strategy to confront global warming, which calls for cutting the nation’s emissions in half by the end of this decade. But E.V.s have also become politicized and are a flashpoint in the 2024 presidential campaign."

Coral Davenport reports for the New York Times March 20, 2024.


"Vehicle Carbon Pollution Would Be Cut, But More Slowly, Under New Biden Rule" (Inside Climate News)

"EPA Issues New Auto Rules Aimed At Cutting Carbon Emissions, Boosting Electric Vehicles And Hybrids" (AP)

"Biden Seeks To Accelerate The EV Transition In Biggest Climate Move Yet" (Washington Post)

"Biden Hits Accelerator On Car Rule As Foes Plot Roadblocks" (E&E News)

"What to Know About the Clean Auto Rule: It’s Not a Ban on Gas Cars" (New York Times)

"As Electric Vehicle Sales Slow, US Relaxes Plans For Stricter Auto Emissions Standards For A While" (AP)

"What You Should Know About The New Electric Vehicle Rule" (The Hill)


Source: NYTimes, 03/21/2024