Biden administration scales back electric vehicle targets in final auto emissions rule

The Biden administration announced Wednesday that it will ease its final yearly tailpipe emissions reduction requirements through 2029 and lower its requirements for pure-battery electric vehicles to meet these targets, representing a softening of the Environmental Protection Agency standards for EVs in the months ahead of the November presidential election.

While the EPA will seek for EVs to make up 67% of new vehicle sales by 2032, the same goal as outlined in the version of the rules proposed last year, it will allow automakers to do so using other mixes of vehicles, including plug-in hybrids and improved internal combustion engine vehicles, in addition to pure battery electric vehicles.

Speaking to reporters on a call Tuesday evening previewing the actions, administration officials stressed that the new rules, which will take effect for passenger cars, light-duty trucks, and medium-duty
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