Pennsylvania Wants More EVs on the Road

Governor Wolf seeks to require automakers to offer more eco-friendly vehicles for sale.

February 24, 2021

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP)—The office of Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf is drafting a regulation that would require automakers to offer more electric vehicles for sale in the state as a way to cut emissions of greenhouse gases and pollutants that cause lung problems, reports AP News.

Currently, opportunities to test drive and purchase EVs in Pennsylvania are limited, according to the Department of Environmental Protection. Electric vehicles accounted for 1.15% of Pennsylvania light-duty vehicle sales in the third quarter of 2020, according to the most recent data from Atlas EV Hub reports.

The department does not plan to require specific percentages of electric vehicles at individual car dealerships. Instead, the regulation would apply to auto manufacturers and all vehicles delivered for sale in Pennsylvania.

Programs in states do not typically apply to smaller manufacturers, and medium-size and larger manufacturers can comply with the requirement through a credit system that lets them earn credits based on the kind of vehicles they deliver.

At least 12 states already have some type of requirement related to zero-emission EVs, including Pennsylvania neighbors Maryland, New Jersey and New York. As NACS Daily reported in September, the governor of California has announced plans to eliminate the sale of new gasoline or diesel powered vehicles by 2035 as part of the state’s efforts to promote electric or zero-emission vehicles.

EVs comprise only a small part of new car sales in the U.S., but are the fastest-growing category in the automobile industry. The International Energy Agency tallies EVs as making up 3% of the global total of new car sales. Listen to the Convenience Matters Episode No. 268, “Outlook for 2021 Travel Patterns,” for a discussion of EVs in the U.S.

The Fuels Institute has prepared an evaluation of the electric vehicle market from the consumer perspective, including total cost of ownership, recharging infrastructure requirements, anticipated consumer recharging behavior and the relationship of EVs to competing technology in terms of consumer adoption. Visit “Electric Vehicle Adoption: Focus on Charging” to learn more. In addition, the Institute’s Electric Vehicle Council soon will be publishing three new reports pertaining to EV charging infrastructure options, regulations and consumer behavior.

Watch this YouTube video by the Fuels Institute and NACS  for more information on EV infrastructure.

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