The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is set to announce a groundbreaking proposal to reduce tailpipe emissions this week. According to a report by The New York Times, the new rules would require as much as 67% of new vehicles sold in the U.S. by 2032 to be all-electric cars. EPA Administrator Michael Regan is expected to unveil the proposal in Detroit on Wednesday. The proposed limits would create challenges for automakers, as they represent the most aggressive climate regulations in the U.S. to date.
The new proposal sets an ambitious target for electric cars, with the aim of representing between 54% and 60% of new cars sold in the U.S. by 2030, and between 64% to 67% of new cars sold by 2032. These figures far surpass President Joe Biden’s goal to have all-electric cars make up around 50% of cars sold by 2030.
“Once the interagency review process is completed, the proposals will be signed, published in the Federal Register, and made available for public review and comment,” said an EPA spokesperson. Many automakers have already started investing in electric vehicles, but the rapid adoption of the technology will present challenges. Large numbers of all-electric cars will require expansive charging infrastructure, which is why the Biden administration announced plans in February to see at least 500,000 electric vehicle chargers on U.S. roads by 2030.
The plan also includes commitments from companies such as Tesla, General Motors, Ford, ChargePoint, and others to build and operate charging networks. However, even if the infrastructure is in place, consumers must be willing to adopt electric vehicles, which means companies will have to maintain reasonable vehicle costs.
The EPA’s new proposal is expected to have a significant impact on the automotive industry, as it requires a swift and dramatic transition to all-electric vehicles. With the introduction of these new regulations, the U.S. is taking a bold step towards a zero-emissions transportation future, protecting both people and the planet. EPA electric vehicle is likely to be a hot topic in the coming weeks and months.