U.S. House Passes Bill to Prevent Combustion Engine Bans
Last week, the U.S. House of Representatives passed legislation that would block states from limiting sales of internal combustion engine (ICE) vehicles. The Preserving Choice in Vehicle Purchases Act (H.R. 1435) passed 222-190, with eight Democrats voting in favor. The bill is not expected to progress through the Senate. The White House opposes the legislation as well.
The Clean Air Act requires states to receive waivers from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) before they can enact emission standards for new motor vehicles. In May, California requested the EPA provide a waiver for a rule that would phase out the sale of new ICE vehicles by 2035. The EPA has yet to make a decision on whether to grant it.