PASADENA, Calif. – Today, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) released proposed rules to reduce emissions from light-/medium- and heavy-duty vehicles. When final, these regulations will provide a clear market signal that will spur significant investment in new charging infrastructure and U.S. manufacturing supporting the clean energy transition while putting the country on a path to reach its 2030 climate goals.
The transportation sector is the largest contributor of carbon emissions and a significant source of other harmful air pollution that impact our environment. Air pollution impacts the health and well-being of everyone, especially those residing along major freight corridors and ports, leading to prolonged health issues including asthma, heart disease and lung cancer. With these proposed rules, the EPA is leading the way to cleaner air and a healthier climate for all Americans while growing the U.S. economy as zero-emission transportation technologies come to scale.
“The rules proposed by the EPA today build on the historic investments of the Inflation Reduction Act, continuing the Administration’s leadership in supporting the transition to a zero-emission transportation future, improving public health and addressing the climate crisis,” said John Boesel, President and CEO of CALSTART. “We applaud the EPA for taking this important step to chart a path to increased zero-emission vehicle adoption. CALSTART is committed to working with the agency and our industry partners to ensure the final rules provide the right market signal and support for transitioning the transportation sector.”
“The vehicle emissions standards proposed today are a critical addition to the Administration’s climate portfolio, and we applaud the realistic goals set forward in the headline targets,” said Chris Nevers, Senior Director of Public Policy at Rivian Automotive. “This rulemaking will guide the industry’s technological trajectory for decades to come. We look forward to providing a detailed review of the proposal and will continue to make the case for the strongest possible standards through our products and our advocacy.”
“EPA’s proposed emission standards will help provide regulatory certainty that is critical for future planning of zero emission infrastructure. The moves to encourage EVSE production and streamline the interconnection processes will greatly aid building the critical infrastructure to support the transformation of the freight sector in particular,” said WattEV CEO Salim Youssefzadeh. We look forward to working with the EPA and our partners to ensure we have a strong rule in place that will provide a clear market signal.”
The zero-emission vehicle market is strong and growing, with a significant number of market-ready vehicles and technologies available to fleets across the country. We applaud EPA’s proposals and look forward to engaging across the transportation industry to provide input as the agency develops the final rules.
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A national nonprofit with offices in New York, Michigan, Colorado, California, Washington, D.C., Central Europe, and partners worldwide, CALSTART works with more than 300 member companies and agency innovators to build a prosperous, efficient, and clean high-tech transportation industry. We knock down barriers to modernization and the adoption of clean vehicles. CALSTART is changing transportation for good.