Today, the Biden-Harris Administration will announce an unprecedented goal for half of all passenger vehicles sold by 2030 to be battery-electric, plug-in hybrid, or fuel cell-powered. The administration also proposed an update to federal tailpipe emissions standards alongside this news.
Today, Minnesota officially became the newest clean cars state when Governor Tim Walz signed Clean Cars Minnesota into law.
Every day, Minnesotans drive more than 123 million miles—the distance from Earth to the sun, and halfway back again. These miles add up to a massive amount of greenhouse gas emissions, making cars and trucks the number one source of climate pollution for the transportation sector in our state. While Minnesota is working to curb the number of vehicle miles traveled by increasing investments in electrification and in public transit, bicycle, and pedestrian infrastructure, more must be done to reduce the emissions from vehicles on the road. That’s where clean car standards come into play.
Despite completing the work of the 2021 legislative session, the Minnesota Senate is holding informational hearings on several cabinet nominees by Governor Walz more than two years after their initial nominations.
In spite of a split-control legislature, 2021 has been an incredibly impactful year for energy at the State Capitol with significant investments in solar energy, policy support for a just and equitable transition, innovative decarbonization strategies, and more.
This ruling clears the last major hurdle to final adoption of Clean Cars Minnesota in the coming months.