SEMA-Supported CARS Act Introduced in U.S. Senate

By the SEMA Washington, D.C., office

U.S. Senators Mike Crapo (R-ID) and Pete Ricketts (R-ICENE) introduced S. 3094, the "Choice in Automobile Retail Sales (CARS) Act," which prohibits the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) from finalizing the proposed federal emissions standards for motor vehicles model-years '27 to '32. The SEMA-supported CARS Act would prevent the EPA from finalizing its proposed multipollutant standards for light- and medium-duty vehicles that would result in electric vehicles (EVs) making up 67% of all new-vehicle sales by 2032. S. 3094 is the companion bill to H.R. 4468, which the House Energy and Commerce Committee passed in July.

"SEMA thanks Senators Crapo and Ricketts for introducing this important bill to ensure that the American people can continue to choose the type of vehicle that best serves their needs," said SEMA President and CEO Mike Spagnola. "The automotive aftermarket has a forward-looking vision that embraces new technology to make vehicles cleaner and more efficient, which includes hydrogen, electric, alternative fuels and continuing to improve the internal-combustion engine (ICE). Congress must pass the CARS Act to ensure federal policies that seek to decarbonize transportation are technology neutral and do not favor one technology."

The CARS Act was introduced with the bipartisan support of 27 Senate co-sponsors. Click here to send a letter to your members of Congress asking them to support the CARS Act by co-sponsoring the bill.

"Americans deserve to have access to affordable, reliable vehicles fueled by American-made energy products," said Crapo. "However, the Biden EPA's rule change would hurt everyday Americans while simultaneously helping China. Consequences of rules and regulations such as these restrict consumer choice and raise costs for the average American family."

"The EPA cannot continue to pick winners and losers," said Ricketts. "This legislation ensures the Biden administration can't prioritize their radical left agenda over affordable and reliable internal combustion engines. I'll always fight to protect Nebraskans' ability to choose what is best for them and their families."

SEMA provided official comments to the EPA in opposition to the agency's proposed new federal emissions standards for motor vehicles. SEMA's grassroots efforts led our member companies and enthusiasts from around the country to send the EPA more than 7,700 comments opposing the agency's proposed rulemaking. SEMA will continue to advocate in opposition to any regulatory proposals or bills that seek to ban ICE or mandate a specific vehicle technology. For more information on these efforts, visit