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Biden administration announces climate rules to phase out gas cars & make sure majority of vehicles sold by 2032 are electric or hybrid

  • Joe Biden hailed the announcement as ‘historic progress’ on climate change 
  • The rules aim to increase sales of electric vehicles from 7.6% to 56% in 2032 
  • The Trump campaign was quick to condemn what it called ‘radical EV mandates’ 

The Biden administration unveiled drastic climate regulations Wednesday designed to phase out gas cars and ensure the majority of passenger vehicles and light trucks sold in the U.S. by 2032 are electric or hybrid.

It represents one of the most significant parts of its ambitious climate agenda as it imposes tight rules on tailpipes that it says will halve greenhouse gas emissions from cars.

But in a concession to automakers and labor unions the regulations will be rolled out more slowly than originally proposed.

The rules come as sales of electric vehicles, which are needed to meet the standards, have begun to slow.

‘Three years ago, I set an ambitious target: that half of all new cars and trucks sold in 2030 would be zero-emission,’ said President Joe Biden. ‘Together, we’ve made historic progress.