USA | Automotive Regulatory

Minnesota to adopt California emission standards?

Minnesota Pollution Control Agency (MPCA) proposed a rule to adopt the Low-Emission Vehicles and Zero-Emission Vehicles standards from California. 

The proposed rule, known as Clean Cars Minnesota, would adopt two California emissions standards for GHGs and other air pollutants from light-duty and medium-duty vehicles.  The aim is to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) and other air pollutant emissions.

The Low-Emission Vehicles (LEV) standard would require automobile manufacturers to deliver for sale in Minnesota only vehicles that meet the more stringent GHG and other air pollutant emissions standards established by California (and later adopted by several other states). The Zero-Emission Vehicles (ZEV) standard would require automobile manufacturers to deliver for sale in Minnesota each year a certain percentage of vehicles with zero tailpipe emissions, including battery electric vehicles, plug-in hybrid electric vehicles, and hydrogen-fueled vehicles.

The MPCA intends to hold several public information webinars on Clean Cars Minnesota before the administrative hearing(s) in order to provide an overview of the proposed rules, the rulemaking process, and how to submit comments.The next one will take place on 22 and 23 February 2021.

Additional information about the proposed rulemaking can be found in the document by MPCA available here.

For further information please contact the EFS Product Compliance Team.

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