Rhode Island Set to Ban Internal Combustion Engine Vehicles

DON’T DELAY!  Please contact the Department of Environmental Management’s Office of Air Resources immediately to voice your opposition:

You may use the following points in your message:

  • Banning the sale of internal combustion engines will remove competition from existing, proven technologies, which will mean higher costs for electric vehicles for Rhode Island families.
  • Mandating the sale of zero-emissions vehicles will widen the divide between the have and have nots. Forcing consumers to purchase electric vehicles will drive up electricity costs for the most vulnerable among us.
  • Banning the sale of gas- and diesel- powered pick-up trucks will increase the cost to our farming and construction industries, resulting in higher food and housing costs for Rhode Island families. 
  • Rhode Island families should have the freedom to decide what is best for them, independent of energy policies made elsewhere.

Overview: Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management’s Office of Air Resources announced the “Rhode Island's Low-Emission and Zero-Emission Vehicle Programs" regulation. If enacted, the sale of new gas- and diesel-powered cars and trucks will be banned starting in 2035. Comments were submitted to the state by September 8, 2023.