EV drivers, who’ve been fighting to get a new, cleaner and safer standard for cars, are now in for a rude awakening.
After months of debate and lobbying, the US government is set to vote next week on new rules for electric vehicles, including new emission standards and tougher limits on the amount of pollution that can be emitted by the vehicles.
The proposal has already sparked controversy, with EV owners demanding stricter standards and lawmakers calling it a “war on cars.”
Here are the key takeaways from the changes.
What’s the EV rule change?
The rules would be the latest move to overhaul the way EVs operate in the US.
The Obama administration’s goal is to reduce the amount and size of the nation’s vehicles by 20 percent by 2025, and it has called for the creation of a “green car” standard to help meet this goal.
These changes would essentially force electric vehicles to be more like gas-powered vehicles, with more emissions.
Under current law, the only way to meet these emissions standards is by using more fossil fuels.
These vehicles, according to the EPA, emit up to 14 times more carbon dioxide per mile than gasoline-powered cars.
The new rules would likely make EVs even more polluting, as a more powerful electric motor would be required to provide the same level of power.
EV drivers would have to pay extra for these extra costs.
EVs also have to be certified by the EPA as a clean vehicle, which would mean they’d have to meet more stringent emission standards.
The rules would also affect how many charging stations a vehicle can have, as well as the amount that companies could charge a vehicle to customers.
The proposed rules are expected to be approved by the Senate later this year.
What will be the consequences for drivers?
In a press release announcing the rule changes, the Department of Energy (DOE) said that the new rules are “the latest in a series of steps we’ve taken to improve our nation’s energy security and reduce our dependence on foreign oil.”
The new emissions standards are expected have “significant benefits for electric vehicle drivers, but also for the economy.”
These rules also require that electric vehicles be made more efficient, and automakers will have to spend more on vehicle-related research and development (R&D).
The rules also “have the potential to help fuel our economy and help protect the environment.”
The proposed rule would also reduce the number of electric vehicle charging stations in the country, as the EPA estimates that about 60 percent of the vehicles in the United States will be EVs by 2025.
However, some states are considering making these rules retroactive.
What are the pros and cons of these new rules?
In order to make the rules retroactivity, some governors, including Michigan’s Rick Snyder and Massachusetts’ Charlie Baker, have introduced legislation that would allow EV drivers to opt out of the rules.
Governor Baker’s bill, which has bipartisan support, would allow those who want to opt-out to do so by notifying their insurance company and would allow states to decide whether they would adopt the rules without going through the EPA.
However that legislation is currently under debate, many EV drivers and others in the industry are already opposed to the rule change.
This is because they see the new standards as a huge step backward for EV drivers.
Tesla CEO Elon Musk has been a vocal opponent of these rules, claiming that they’re an “economic war on electric vehicles.”
He has also said that he doesn’t see the rules as being “safe,” and that he thinks the rule is “an example of a war on EVs.”
As a result, Tesla has been taking steps to make its vehicles more energy efficient and reduce their emissions.
Tesla has also announced that it will introduce a battery charging station for every Model S that it makes.
What do you think about these new emissions rules?
Tesla’s CEO has also criticized the new emission rules, saying that “these regulations will be an absolute disaster for electric car drivers.”
Musk has also argued that the rules would “cause a loss of jobs and economic growth.”
This has prompted some EV drivers in California to call for the state to introduce a state sales tax on electric cars, a move that would be a massive blow to EV manufacturers.
Tesla, meanwhile, has also launched a campaign to raise awareness about these rules.
What else should we know about this rule change before the vote?
It is unclear whether the rule would be retroactive to the end of 2025.
Tesla is now proposing that the EPA adopt the new rule in 2019.
However the agency is also considering a few other options.
Under a draft of the rule, which was leaked to the media earlier this year, the agency could adopt it in 2022 or 2020.
This would require a five-year delay for automakers to comply with the new emissions standard.
The deadline for automakers would also have extended to 2020, but it is unclear how long this would last.
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