Minnesota becomes first Clean Cars state in Midwest
Minnesota Wins Clean Cars
Clean Cars Minnesota is a huge victory for Minnesotans who care about climate and clean air. On May 7, 2021, Administrative Law Judge Jessica Palmer-Denig recommended full adoption of the rules, meaning Minnesota will be the first Midwest state to adopt Clean Car Standards.
These standards will combat the biggest source of climate and air pollution in our state: the auto industry. It includes two different rules:
The Low-Emission Vehicle (LEV) standard makes sure that Minnesota’s gasoline cars keep getting more efficient, despite Trump’s rollback.
The Zero-Emission Vehicle (ZEV) standard goes one step further and requires car manufacturers to start shifting their Minnesota sales towards emission-free vehicles.
This year, 14,000 Minnesotans made comments in support of the standards. Over 1,400 of those came from the MN350 community. We used stories, fact-based evidence, and a detailed understanding of the standards to tip the scales in favor of the rule passing. To all who supported this endeavor: thank you.
There is more work that needs to be done, but this is a moment for celebration and for sharing the good news.