New Mexico is making significant strides in the adoption of electric vehicles (EVs) with the approval of a new set of regulations known as the ‘Clean Car Standards’. The state’s Environmental Improvement Board recently voted 3-2 to implement these regulations, which are based on California’s model and have been adopted by 19 other states.
Under the new rules, car manufacturers will be required to increase the delivery of zero-emission vehicles to car dealerships. Starting from 2026, 43% of all new vehicle deliveries must be electric or hybrid vehicles, while only 15% of new commercial trucks need to be electric. These requirements will gradually increase each year, reaching 82% of new vehicles by 2031.
“This is an important step forward for our climate and air quality goals, especially in environmental justice and frontline communities,” said Environment Department Cabinet Secretary James Kenney.
The increased supply of EVs is expected to incentivize more New Mexicans to make the switch, building on the already growing trend. Reports indicate that electric and hybrid vehicle sales in New Mexico have risen to 5%. State officials believe that these numbers will continue to rise with the availability of more EV options.
The implementation of the Clean Car Standards is not only significant for the environment but also for public health and economic savings. State environment leaders predict a substantial reduction in carbon dioxide emissions by 62%, nitrogen oxides by 43%, and particulate matter by 24% from the transportation sector. This improvement in air quality is expected to result in $62 million in healthcare cost savings, mainly in Bernalillo County, and reduce pollution-related illnesses.
Q: How many states have adopted the ‘Clean Car Standards’?
A: The ‘Clean Car Standards’ have been adopted by 19 states including New Mexico.
Q: What percentage of new vehicle deliveries must be electric or hybrid vehicles starting from 2026?
A: Starting from 2026, 43% of all new vehicle deliveries in New Mexico must be electric or hybrid vehicles.
Q: How much are carbon dioxide emissions expected to reduce with the implementation of the Clean Car Standards?
A: State environment leaders predict a 62% reduction in carbon dioxide emissions from the transportation sector.
Q: Will there be infrastructure support for electric vehicles?
A: The state has already invested nearly $50 million in state and federal funding for the implementation of new electric vehicle chargers, with plans to build at least 100 more. The governor is also planning to request an additional $55 million from state lawmakers to establish a statewide network of electric vehicle chargers during the upcoming legislative session.