New Mexico, Albuquerque to undertake Clear Automotive Guidelines by 2022

ALBUQUERQUE, NM (AP) – New Mexico and the city of Albuquerque will take steps to ensure greener cars get on the roads. Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham announced Thursday that the state and Albuquerque will work together to pass New Mexico Clean Car Rules by next spring.

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“A ‘clean car’ rule will fight climate change, improve air quality, make cheaper cars available to New Mexicans and stimulate our economy,” Grisham said in a statement.

The proposed measures will require car dealers to sell a certain percentage of low-emission and zero-emission cars. Grisham’s office says these changes could eliminate nearly 2 million tons of carbon dioxide emissions, or the equivalent of 200,000 cars for a year, from the roads by 2030.

Albuquerque Mayor Tim Keller also praised the move, saying he will put the city in the driver’s seat when it comes to cleaner standards for new cars.

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State environmental officials say they will solicit input from the auto industry and environmental groups to work out the rules. The New Mexico Automotive Dealers Association says its members are ready to work with state and local policy makers.

A virtual public session on the subject is scheduled for July 21st.

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