The United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has announced plans to release new car emission rules, aimed at reducing emissions from gas-powered vehicles. According to sources, the proposed rules would push for a huge increase in sales of electric vehicles (EVs), as more automakers turn to producing EVs to meet stricter regulations.
The EPA’s move towards tightening tailpipe limits precedes Earth Day 2023, when the agency is expected to propose the new rules. This comes as the Trump Administration had proposed slashing the mileage ratings for EVs to meet fuel economy rules. However, the EPA under the new Administration will maintain or increase the current standards for automakers.
The proposed rule change has already been met with resistance, particularly from those who are reluctant to give up their gas-powered cars. Driven by consumers’ continued preference for gasoline fueled transportation, gas-guzzlers have remained prevalent among those who find EVs’ limited driving range and high price tags unattractive.
Despite these challenges, proponents of the new rules argue that cutting car emissions is necessary to mitigate the impact of climate change. The EPA hopes that by promoting EVs and implementing stricter regulations on gas-powered cars, significant reductions in carbon emissions can be achieved. The new rules are expected to take effect by 2023.