EPA Proposes Strengthening Motor Vehicle Standards

On August 5, 2021, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) proposed new greenhouse gas standards for light-duty motor vehicles for model years 2023-26. TEPA proposes to increase the stringency of the standards from the average roughly 1.5 percent year-over-year stringency increase of existing standards--issued by the previous administration in 2020--to a nearly 10 percent proposed stringency increase in MY 2023, followed by a nearly 5 percent proposed stringency increase in each MY from 2024 through 2026.

Comments are due on September 27, 2021.

The White House simultaneously issued an executive order directing EPA to consider issuing standards for model years 2026-2030 consistent with the goal that 50 percent of all new passenger cars and light trucks sold in 2030 be zero-emission vehicles.