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GOP Gov. Youngkin slams California’s EV mandate, calling it ‘uneconomic to take away consumer decision-making authority’


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Governor of Virginia Glenn Youngkin (R) expressed disapproval of California’s electric vehicle (EV) mandate after the state opted out.

What happened: Youngkin announced the termination of California’s electric vehicle mandate in Virginia, effective at the end of 2024. This decision follows the expiration of current regulations in California.

On CNBC’s “Last Call” on Thursday, he said: “This is not a comment about electric vehicles. If you want to buy an electric vehicle, please do so. It’s a comment on mandates that are uneconomic, that take away the consumer’s decision. authority.”

Youngkin added that the mandate also pushes the country into the “stranglehold” of Chinese companies that dominate the EV battery supply chain. According to him, this endangers national security.

“Mandates like these do nothing more than force Virginians and Americans to economically support the Chinese Communist Party,” he said.

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Why it matters: According to the press release from Youngkin’s office, Virginia is not required to comply with the new mandates of the unelected California Air Resources Board (CARB), which are expected to go into effect on January 1, 2025. This is in response to the California Air Resources Board (CARB) passing “Advanced Clean Cars II,” which requires 100% of new cars sold by model year 2035 to be electric vehicles. Attorney General Jason Miyares has confirmed that Virginia is not required to follow ACC II, and will instead adhere to federal emissions standards on January 1, 2025.

California’s EV mandate has been a contentious issue, with the EPA recently maintaining its authority to grant environmental waivers to the state. The decision was a blow to the seventeen states that sued to block California’s Advanced Clean Fleets rule, which aims to achieve a completely zero-emission vehicle (ZEV) fleet in California by the mid-2040s.

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This story was generated with the help of Benzinga Neuro and edited by Pooja Rajkumari


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