EPA Finalizing Emissions Rule

By Staff Writer January 03, 2022

The Environmental Protection Agency is finalizing the all-time most ambitious federal greenhouse gas emissions standards for passenger cars and light trucks. The final standards, for Model Years (MY) 2023 through 2026, claim to leverage advances in clean car technology to unlock $190 billion in net benefits to Americans, including reducing climate pollution, improving public health, and saving drivers money at the pump.

The ambitious standards through 2026 also set the light-duty vehicle greenhouse gas program on track to provide a strong launch point for the agency’s next phase of standards for 2027 and beyond. EPA is planning to initiate a separate rulemaking to establish multi-pollutant emission standards under the Clean Air Act for 2027 and later that will speed the transition of the light-duty vehicle fleet toward a zero-emissions future consistent with President Biden’s Executive Order, “Strengthening American Leadership in Clean Cars and Trucks.”

EPA’s analysis shows manufacturers can comply with the final standards with modest increases in the numbers of electric vehicles entering the fleet. By 2026, EPA projects that the final standards can be met with sales of about 17 percent electric vehicles (EVs), and wider uptake of advanced gasoline engine and vehicle technologies available today.

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