CARSON CITY (KLAS) — Governor Steve Sisolak announced Nevada will consider adopting new standards requiring a higher percentage of vehicles sold in-state be electric.
Sisolak’s “Clean Cars Nevada” initiative would mandate that 6-8% of vehicles automobile dealers offer for sale be electric by 2025.
Fourteen states have adopted or are considering adopting similar requirements in response to the federal government’s attempts to relax clean car standards placed on auto-manufacturers.
The move bolsters environmentalists’ efforts to lower tailpipe emissions. It follows Attorney General Aaron Ford’s decision to sign onto two multi-state lawsuits that challenge the federal government’s ability to loosen emissions standards.
Monday’s announcement means that in the next six to eight months, the initiative would most likely make its way through the rule making process.
“Its really looking to the future; electric vehicles coming, spur it on, bring it a lot of benefits to all people whether or not you decide to buy an electric vehicle,” said Susan Nedell, of business group E2/Environmental Entrepreneurs.
“Now more than ever, it is critical for Nevada to continue accelerating efforts to address climate change including capturing the many benefits of sustainable transportation options for Nevadans,” said Governor Sisolak. “Now is the time to set a new trajectory that will lead to healthier communities across the Silver State and establish Nevada as a leader in the clean transportation economy. For the sake of Nevada’s future, and our children’s future, we are taking action. This kind of decisive action is the first of many steps we will be taking as part of my commitment to addressing climate change under the State of Nevada Climate Initiative.”