Maryland to ban combustion vehicle sales from 2035


Maryland’s Governor Wes Moore announced the adoption of the Advanced Clean Cars II rule, which requires manufacturers to continuously increase the share of electric vehicles they sell, reaching 100% of passenger car and light truck sales by 2035.

The Advanced Clean Cars II rule is a vehicle emissions standard first adopted by California using its unique authority under the federal Clean Air Act. So far, a total of 17 states have adopted the legislation, although the rules are slightly different in different states – New York is looking to introduce EV sales quotas in 2026, while New Jersey is taking the opposite approach and banning the sale of combustion vehicles from 2035.

“Today, we’re talking about a major transformation that is going to define this administration—and that’s how we turn Maryland from a state powered by oil and gas to a state powered by clean energy,” said Governor Moore. The state department analysis shows that the state will save over  6,000 tonnes of nitrogen oxides from the combustion vehicles, “reduction of vehicular and power plant carbon dioxide emission by more than 82 million metric tonnes”.

Maryland Department of the Environment Secretary Serena McIlwain added: “The Advanced Clean Cars II regulation is a big step toward cleaner air and a more aggressive response to the threats posed by climate change. This rule will help position us to meet the goals of our Climate Solutions Now Act and 2030 Greenhouse Gas Reduction Act Plan while bringing economic benefits to Marylanders.”



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