Nevada will become the 14th State in the United States to adopt California’s long-standing zero-emission vehicle standards in the next decade, State Governor Steve Sisolak announced Monday local time,media reported. The state plans to implement zero-emission vehicle standards by 2025. The governor tweeted that adopting these standards is critical to advancing a healthy, resilient and climate-friendly future.
California is known to have introduced the law for the first time in 1990, and over the past 20 years, many states have begun to adopt the standard rather than comply with less stringent federal requirements.
It is understood that this double standard has long plagued carmakers, who need to meet California and federal standards, which is essentially getting companies to create two scripts. Last year, the Trump administration moved to revoke California’s immunity, though the final outcome will be up to the courts to decide. At the time, the state and 23 other states sued the government almost immediately. In addition, the White House has unveiled updated federal fuel economy and emissions standards this year to replace Obama-era rules and reduce fuel efficiency.
Now, excluding Nevada, California’s standards now cover 40 percent of new car sales across the country. Colorado is the latest state to adopt the standard.