New federal tailpipe rules would put stricter limits on Virginia’s heavy truck emissions

Evening traffic on Interstate 95 through Richmond.
Evening traffic on Interstate 95 through Richmond.(Wyatt Gordon)
Published: Jun. 1, 2023 at 1:53 PM EDT
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As Virginia continues down the road of speeding up the transition from gas-powered passenger vehicles to electric ones, new rules proposed by the federal government could also accelerate the electrification of the state’s heavy trucks.

This April, the Environmental Protection Agency proposed stricter tailpipe emissions limits for passenger vehicles as well as for heavy trucks. The new limits for passenger vehicles will have little impact in Virginia: As a result of 2021 legislation, the state follows stricter standards for light vehicles set by California, which will mandate that 100% of sales of new passenger cars be electric beginning in 2035.

But because the 2021 legislation only applies to vehicles weighing 14,000 pounds or less, Virginia must follow the federal emissions standards for heavy trucks, which, if finalized, will apply to trucks beginning with the model year 2027.

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