WASHINGTON (March 20, 2024) — Today the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced new pollution standards to reduce tailpipe emissions and other forms of pollution from light and medium duty vehicles for model-year 2027 through 2032. 

These new performance standards will result in a 52% reduction in fleetwide averages of planet-warming pollution from new cars and trucks by model year 2032 as compared to vehicles sold in 2026.

The new standards are expected to drive increasing adoption of electric vehicles. EPA estimates that between 2027 and 2055, the new standards will prevent more than 7 billion tons of carbon emissions.

Following is a statement from Dan Lashof, Director, United States, World Resources Institute: 

“These new standards will speed the adoption of cleaner, more efficient vehicles across America’s roads and go a long way to ensuring that all Americans can access the benefits of electric vehicles.

“The standards will have a direct impact on Americans’ lives, improving air quality, cutting people’s transportation costs and reducing climate pollution. Today transportation contributes more to the climate crisis than any other sector in the United States.

“In 2023, Americans purchased a record 1.2 million electric vehicles thanks, in part, to the consumer tax credits established by the Inflation Reduction Act. Investments in new electric vehicle manufacturing facilities are sprouting up across the nation, creating good jobs and boosting local economies.

“We look forward to the final standards for heavy duty vehicles later this spring and urge federal and state policymakers to defend these standards from attack while continuing to advance additional policies to cut vehicle pollution and make the benefits of electric vehicles available to all Americans.”