Back in March, the Trump Administration completed its rollback of Obama-era fuel economy standards, replacing them with less strict standards intended to save automakers and consumers money. The Obama-era standards would have seen 5% annual increases in vehicle efficiency through to 2026, but under the Trump laws, the yearly increase will equate to only 1.5%. Several states decided to adopt their own Clean Car emissions standards based on the California framework – a move the Trump Administration tried to block.
Nevada’s new emissions standards, called Clean Cars Nevada, will set the same standards for exhaust emissions as the California ruleset and will also require automakers to sell an increasing percentage of zero-emission vehicles. The state says it will encourage automakers to introduce more EVs by mandating a minimum zero-emission vehicle credit requirement.
John Bozella is the president of the Alliance for Automotive Innovation, which represents the interests of several major automakers including General Motors, Toyota and Volkswagen. He told Automotive News this week that automakers, including GM, “are committed to working with Governor Sisolak and state regulators toward a smoother transition to ZEV adoption that includes expanded consumer awareness, infrastructure, incentives, fleet requirements, building codes, fuel requirements, and more.”
Nevada joining California and a number of other states in adopting more strict emissions regulations and ZEV mandates is good news for GM. The automaker has several battery-electric vehicles coming down the product pipeline, including the Chevrolet Bolt EUV crossover and GMC Hummer EV. It will also cover off the luxury segment with new EVs like the Cadillac Lyriq crossover and Cadillac Celestiq sedan.
It’s not just GM that is investing heavily in EVs, either. Between now and 2025, the automotive industry is expected to sink $200 billion into developing EVs, with Volkswagen, Honda and other major automakers all releasing new battery-powered products in the coming years.