STATEMENT: U.S. EPA Tightens Pollution Standards for Heavy- and Light-Duty Vehicles, Boosts Electric Vehicles Adoption Goal
Washington DC (April 12, 2023) – Today the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced stronger proposed pollution standards for heavy and light-duty vehicles for model-year (MY) 2027 through 2032. The proposal aims to limit tailpipe emissions of carbon dioxide, nitrogen oxide and other forms of toxic pollution from vehicles. The stronger proposals build upon recent Biden administration rules on vehicle emissions standards and heavy-duty, clean truck standards.
The Biden administration aims for electric vehicle adoption to reach 64%-69% in 2032, a goal that is now achievable with the Inflation Reduction Act’s consumer incentives and the charging infrastructure investments from the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law.
Transitioning to zero-emission vehicles will deliver a plethora of societal benefits, including $735 billion in public health benefits due to cleaner air, 1.75 million fewer asthma attacks and 8.5 million fewer lost workdays, according to recent analysis by the American Lung Association. Reducing pollution from vehicles, especially high-polluting trucks, can also improve air quality for disadvantaged communities that are disproportionately affected due to proximity to trucking routes.
Following is a statement by Dan Lashof, U.S. Director, World Resources Institute:
“These proposed standards will speed the United States' auto industry toward an all-electric future faster than any regulation has before. This ambitious but achievable plan will slam the brakes on tailpipe emissions which are the United States’ biggest source of planet-warming pollution.
“The benefits of this plan extend far beyond tackling climate change. If implemented, the Biden administration’s plan is destined to prevent millions of asthma attacks and other harmful health effects and will keep America competitive as the global automotive industry shifts away from the antiquated internal combustion engine.”