St. Paul, MN - The federal government is preparing to implement new auto-emission standards. But so is the state of Minnesota. Backers of both initiatives say there won't be any problems with overlap. Through executive order, President Joe Biden is calling for half of all passenger vehicles sold by 2030 to be zero-emissions. Another part of the plan focuses on gas- powered engines, with tougher benchmarks for fuel emissions for 2023 and 2024 vehicles. Anjali Bains, of Minnesota-based Fresh Energy, says they match up with what's to take place in Minnesota for 2025 models.
She notes that if the federal fuel-emission standards hold, it would be a smooth carryover into Minnesota's plan. That would mean auto dealers located near neighboring states wouldn't have to worry about price differentials. Minnesota's standards have received pushback from the auto-dealer industry. Meanwhile, some climate observers say Biden's plan won't do enough to reduce the impact of global warming.
Despite the similarities, Bains says Minnesota's plan has a key difference.
When it comes to zero-emissions cars, the Biden administration goal isn't legally binding. But a handful of automakers said they support the long-term target, and that they hope to achieve nearly 50-percent sales of electric vehicles by 2030.