Business View Civil & Municipal - May 2023

5 CIVIL AND MUNICIPAL VOLUME 4, ISSUE 5 PROPOSED POLLUTION STANDARDS COULD ACCELERATE EV SALES TO 67% BY 2032 Source: , Andy Castillo, April 13, 2023 Electric vehicles represent the future of transportation, and the federal government is doubling down on its push to increase toward a clean-energy future by introducing the nation’s strongest-ever pollution standards for cars and trucks. The standards are projected to accelerate the percentage of electric vehicles (EVs) in total U.S. car, SUV and light truck sales to 67% by 2032 from its current proportion of around 6%. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced the proposed federal vehicle emissions standards Wednesday to improve air quality for cities and counties across the nation, “especially communities that have borne the burden of polluted air,” a statement from the environmental agency says. “Together, these proposals would avoid nearly 10 billion tons of CO2 emissions, equivalent to more than twice the total U.S. CO2 emissions in 2022, while saving thousands of dollars over the lives of the vehicles meeting these new standards and reduce America’s reliance on approximately 20 billion barrels of oil imports.” OPENING L INES O p e n i n g L i n e s