BlueGreen Alliance | EPA Finalizes Updated Vehicle Emissions Standards

EPA Finalizes Updated Vehicle Emissions Standards

March 20, 2024

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) today finalized its updated multipollutant vehicle emissions standards for cars and light trucks in model years 2027 through 2032.

The rules are technology neutral, leaving automakers to decide how to meet the new requirements through efficiency and emissions reduction technologies—such as gas particulate filters, more efficient engines, hybridization, and battery electric vehicles. In pursuing these technologies, automakers may tap into the billions of dollars of federal investments included in the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law and Inflation Reduction Act, including the Advanced Technology Vehicle Manufacturing Loan Program, the 48C tax credit, the Domestic Manufacturing Conversion Grant Program, the U.S. Department of Energy’s Battery Grants, and more.

You can read more about clean vehicle standards and their impacts on—and opportunities for—manufacturing workers in the BlueGreen Alliance’s recently published blog series.

In response to the updated rules, the BlueGreen Alliance released the following statement from Executive Director Jason Walsh:

“Smartly crafted emissions standards have a proven track record of driving investment in innovative vehicle technology. Paired with federal investments championed by President Biden and Congressional Democrats, such standards can help ensure U.S. competitiveness in the global market, sustain and create good union jobs, and improve public health by reducing air pollution.”