by Scott Wyland

Santa Fe New Mexican

May 6, 2022

New Mexicans will see thousands more electric vehicles available to buy in 2025 when a rule approved by two environmental boards takes effect.

Dubbed the clean-car rule, it will require that electric vehicles and plug-in hybrids make up at least 7 percent of automakers’ new sales within New Mexico — adding up to an estimated 3,800 vehicles.

The rule aligns with California’s current standards and is part of the larger effort to cut climate-warming greenhouse gases as well as ground-level ozone and particulates that can cause respiratory problems.

It will undergo a two-year waiting period to allow manufacturers, car dealers and regulators to prepare, and then take effect in the 2026 model year, which is January 2025.

The state Environmental Improvement Board and the Albuquerque Bernalillo County Air Quality Control Board voted unanimously Thursday to adopt the rule. …

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