Despite heavy opposition from a broad coalition which included the MTA and Minnesota auto dealers, Minnesota became the latest state to adopt California’s stricter tailpipe emission standards and mandate for automakers to get more zero-emission vehicles onto sales lots.
The new rules aren't set to take effect until January 2024.
Gov. Tim Walz pushed hard for the clean car standards as part of his broader effort to combat the climate crisis and get Minnesota back on track to meeting greenhouse gas reduction goals set years ago by lawmakers.
More than a dozen states have adopted California’s standards under the Clean Air Act. The Trump administration took action to undo those standards, but federal agencies under the Biden administration are expected to reinstate them.