Multiple States Pledge to Support ICE Sales

Automotive enthusiasts across the nation may soon have something to celebrate. Colorado officials have finalized the state's draft 2023 Colorado Electric Vehicle (EV) Plan, which, once approved, will permit the sale of new internal combustion engine (ICE) powered vehicles—a surprising move in the California Air Resources Board (CARB)-following state. The state is expected to formally adopt the draft later this year.

Similarly, the New Hampshire House of Representatives overwhelmingly voted to defeat a SEMA-opposed bill, one that would have required the Granite State to adopt California's low- and ZEV standards and ban the sale of new gas- and diesel-powered cars starting in 2035.

Meanwhile, lawmakers in an increasing number of states have introduced SEMA-supported proposals to ensure consumer choice of vehicle powerplants and fuel. Many bills would prevent a county or city from limiting access to certain types of power sources. Under current law in some states, sales of new gas- and diesel-powered vehicles may be threatened if narrow energy policies are adopted.

"We believe American families, not the government, should be allowed to choose the type of vehicle technology that best serves them on the road," said Christian Robinson, Senior Director, State Government Affairs & Grassroots. "Further, innovation and competition—rather than government mandates—are the best ways to reduce emissions and promote cleaner vehicles."

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