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Minnesota adopts clean cars standard that require more electric vehicles

New emissions rule means more dealerships will offer the option


Glen Stubbe, Star Tribune

Rep. Rick Hansen, DFL-South St. Paul, reassured his rural constituents that they will be OK even with these new rules on Monday during a tour of Phillips and Temro with Gov. Tim Walz.

Minnesota is the latest state - and the first in the Midwest - to adopt California's stricter tailpipe emissions standards and mandate for automakers to get more zero-emission vehicles onto sales lots.

The rules don't take effect until Jan. 1, 2024, for 2025 models, so Minnesotans likely will not see an immediate burst of new electric vehicle options at dealerships. But the adoption sends a clear signal, and vehicle selection is expected to expand in the next 18 months.

Notice of official adoption of the rules was posted Monday in the Minnesota State Register.


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