Law & Order

New Mexico Proposes Near Total Internal Combustion Engine Ban

By the SEMA D.C. office

The New Mexico Environment Department (NMED) has published a SEMA-opposed regulation that, if approved, would adopt California's latest motor-vehicle emissions laws through 2032 and require that 80% of new-vehicle sales be zero-emissions vehicles (ZEV) by that date. New Mexico has historically followed California's tailpipe laws. 

Click here to submit comments to NMED by November 13, 2023. 

SEMA believes that New Mexicans, not the government, should decide what vehicles are best for them and their families. The automotive industry is embracing new technology to make cars cleaner and more efficient, which includes hydrogen, new synthetic fuels, alternative fuels, and improvements to the internal combustion engine. The government should allow the market to continue to innovate all forms of technology that significantly reduce vehicle emissions.    

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