Earlier this week, General Motors and the Environmental Defense Fund announced jointly developed guidelines aimed at making all new passenger cars electric by the middle of the next decade.

In a press release, GM and EDF asked the EPA to develop emissions standards that would require at least 50% of new passenger cars sold to be zero-emissions by 2030, with a 60% reduction in greenhouse gas emissions by the 2030 model year.

In addition, GM and EDF are calling for “dramatic reductions in nitrogen oxides and particulate matter in line with the elimination of tailpipe pollution from new passenger cars by 2035.” This is in line with GM’s “aspirations”. announced in 2021— but if it’s written into the regulations, it’s a new level of commitment.

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The wording leaves room for some vehicles, such as heavy-duty pickups, to remain with internal combustion, but it would still represent a significant change for the auto industry.

GM previously set aggressive EV targets for regulators –in 2020with a warm welcome from Washington.

This time, GM and EDF are asking the EPA to propose new standards by the end of this year and finalize them by fall 2023. They would then go into effect for the 2027 model year and extend through at least the 2032 calendar year, but ideally through 2035, GM said and EDF.

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In April, the EPA revised rules until 2026, although it was estimated that by then the regulations would only require about 17% electric cars for the US market. Therefore, the GM/EDF recommendations call for a very dramatic increase in EV sales.

California already passed 15% Electric car sales at some point and has its own individual goal of eliminating virtually all new cars with tailpipes that don’t also have mufflers by 2035. But California is expected to have some difficulty meeting that goal, with other states lagging far behind.


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