With new gas vehicles completely phased out by 2035, both California and Washington made it clear Thursday that they want to enforce stricter emissions limits over the coming ten years. Although not necessary in the same stage of development as its two neighbors, Oregon might eventually do the same.
KGW inquired about Oregon’s plans with the office of Governor Kate Brown. A representative for the state claimed in a statement that it is already creating regulations of this nature that are “similar” to California’s at the moment.
According to Charles Boyle, deputy communications director for Governor Brown’s office, “Governor Brown is committed to tackling the climate crisis with urgency, which is why under her leadership Oregon has taken a comprehensive approach to reduce carbon emissions and moving toward a clean energy future.”
Boyle noted that a significant portion of the governor’s climate plan has been devoted to lowering emissions from the transportation sector, and Oregon has already established goals for the adoption of electric vehicles, particularly for those living in rural areas, people of color, and those with lower incomes.
According to Boyle, “Oregon was the first state in the country to offer electric vehicle incentives for used car sales — a provision recently adopted by the federal government in the Inflation Reduction Act and which increases access to electric vehicles for low- and middle-income households.”
Recently, 50,000 electric vehicles reached a significant milestone in Oregon. In the meantime, the state presented a 5-year plan for the infrastructure needed for electric vehicle charging, as mandated by the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law.
However, a significant turning point occurred this week with the approval of the Advanced Clean Cars II rule by the California Air Resources Board. By the model year 2035, automakers must solely offer zero-emission vehicles, with a phase-out starting in 2026, according to the legislation.
Boyle claims that Oregon is already working on creating its own regulation that is substantially influenced by California law.
The “Advanced Clean Cars II Rule Advisory Committee” will hold its inaugural meeting the following Tuesday, where the specifics of that regulation will start to be debated.
The DEQ provided the following statement in response to inquiries surrounding California’s approval of the new regulation:
The Advanced Clean Cars II Rule, a historic regulation requiring automakers to quickly increase new passenger car and truck sales to 100% zero-emission vehicles by the 2035 model year, and reduce smog-forming emissions from new internal combustion engine vehicles, was approved today by the Californian legislature. With the goal of reducing greenhouse gas emissions across the state and enhancing air quality and public health outcomes, Oregon is pushing forward with a proposed rule that is similar to California’s Advanced Clean Cars II standard.
“The regulation will promote the manufacturing of premium electric cars and guarantee ongoing emissions benefits. Additionally, it will encourage the growth of a healthy secondhand zero-emission car market, which will enhance frontline and low-income communities’ equal access to clean mobility options and associated emissions reductions.
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