New Federal Vehicle Standards Will Reduce the Nation’s Largest Source of Climate Pollution and Spur Growth of U.S. Clean Transportation Industry

March 20, 2024

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Pasadena, CA – The Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) multipollutant standards for new light- and medium-duty vehicles for model years 2027 and later will significantly reduce emissions from the passenger vehicle sector and spur the growth of zero-emission vehicle (ZEV) manufacturing jobs in the United States.

Combined with 2022’s landmark Inflation Reduction Act (IRA), EPA’s finalized standards mark a crucial step forward in combatting climate change and reducing harmful air pollutants emitted by vehicles. The newly finalized vehicle standards, along with the IRA, will accelerate growth of the U.S. electric vehicle market and industry. The growing market for electric vehicles in the U.S. is an unparalleled opportunity for the American auto industry and the beginning of a new era of manufacturing in the United States.

“These standards provide the crucial regulatory certainty that will allow for long-term infrastructure planning and will spur new investments to further boost the clean transportation sector,” said John Boesel, President and CEO of CALSTART. “For the benefit of the incentives in the IRA to be fully realized, and to spur North American EV manufacturing, we needed a strong market signal in the form of standards. The Biden administration has taken the necessary actions to make U.S. companies globally competitive,” said Boesel.

Crucially, EPA’s finalized standards increase the stock of used ZEVs, expanding more equitable access to clean transportation options, particularly to low-income consumers and communities disproportionately burdened by transportation pollution.

In finalizing this rulemaking, EPA has demonstrated leadership in driving progress toward a cleaner, more efficient transportation system and represents a significant milestone in our collective efforts to create a healthier and more sustainable future for all.


A mission driven industry organization focused on transportation decarbonization and clean air for all, CALSTART has offices in New York, Michigan, Colorado, California, Florida, and Europe. CALSTART is uniquely positioned to build the national clean transportation industry by working closely with its member companies and building on the lessons learned from the major programs it manages for the State of California. CALSTART has more than 280 member companies and manages more than $500 million in vehicle incentive and technical assistance programs in the United States.