Tougher EPA Vehicle Emission Requirements
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) on Monday finalized new vehicle emissions requirements through 2026 and will speed a U.S. shift to more electric vehicles. The EPA rules would result in a fleetwide real-world average of about 40 mpg in 2026, versus 38 mpg under the August proposal. The new rules take effect in the 2023 model year and require a 28.3% reduction in vehicle emissions through 2026.
EPA Administrator Michael Regan called the tough standards “doable” even as he vowed to quickly move ahead with the next round of requirements. “We are setting robust and rigorous standards that will aggressively reduce the pollution that is harming people and our planet,” Regan said.