Democrat bill calls for zero-emission new cars by 2035

Source: By Nick Sobczyk, E&E News • Posted: Monday, December 19, 2022

Democrats are pushing legislation to set a federal standard requiring 100 percent of new cars to have zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2035. The “Zero-Emission Vehicles Act” would aim to clean up a patchwork of state regulations led by California, which made waves this year by banning the sale of gas-powered cars by 2035.

The bicameral bill, reintroduced last week by Sen. Jeff Merkley (D-Ore.) and Rep. Mike Levin (D-Calif.), has little chance of becoming law anytime soon. But it’s a future marker for Democrats, who see a need for more stringent federal rules for vehicle greenhouse gas emissions. The standard would escalate over a decade, requiring that 35 percent of new cars be zero emissions, including hydrogen-powered and electric vehicles, in 2026. It would move to 68 percent in 2030 and 100 percent by 2035.