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GM backs standards “eliminating tailpipe pollution” from passenger vehicles by 2035

Normal Motors and the Environmental Protection Fund earlier this week introduced jointly-developed suggestions aimed toward making all new passenger autos electrical by the center of the subsequent decade.

In a press launch, GM and the EDF requested the EPA to develop emissions requirements that require at the least 50% of recent passenger autos offered to be zero-emission by 2030, with a 60% discount in greenhouse fuel emissions by the 2030 mannequin yr.

Past that, GM and the EDF name for “dramatically decreasing nitrogen oxides and particulates, in step with eliminating tailpipe air pollution from new passenger vehicles by 2035.” That matches GM’s “aspiration” introduced in 2021—but when it is written into regulation, that is a brand new stage of dedication.

2025 Cadillac Celestiq prototype

The wording leaves room for sure autos—like heavy-duty pickup vehicles—to stay internal-combustion, however it will nonetheless signify an enormous change for the auto business.

GM has earlier than pitched aggressive EV targets to regulators—in 2020, with a lukewarm reception from Washington.

This time, GM and the EDF are asking the EPA to suggest new requirements earlier than the tip of this yr and finalize them by fall 2023. They’d then go into impact for the 2027 mannequin yr and prolong by way of at the least calendar yr 2032, however ideally by way of 2035, GM and the EDF stated.

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In April the EPA finalized guidelines by way of 2026, though it was projected that the foundations would solely require about 17% EVs for the U.S. market by then. So the GM/EDF suggestions name for a really steep improve in EV gross sales.

California has already handed 15% EV gross sales at some factors, and has its personal particular person purpose of eliminating primarily all new autos with a tailpipe that do not even have a plug by 2035. However California is predicted to have some problem in reaching that purpose—and different states lag a lot additional behind.

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