REMINDER: Today is the last day to submit written comment on the “California” Rule mandating electric vehicle sales. Recall that an earlier scheduled BEP vote was delayed by widespread power outages caused by a winter storm.

“Because a statewide power outage delayed a BEP vote mandating electric vehicle sales, the resulting amended rule will cause even more destruction to the Maine economy and our daily lives.

The rule’s delayed implementation means we are jumping right to 51% mandated EV sales, even though less than 1% of Mainers chose them now. Despite claims by environmental extremists, this rule destroys consumer choice and will increase prices for the new and used vehicles people actually want to drive.

I urge Mainers to also make their views known to the Governor and Democrat members of the legislature before it is too late”

– House Republican Leader Billy Bob Faulkingham.

 SEE LINK TO “Comment on this rule” BELOW 

Chapter 127-A: Advanced Clean Cars II Program (Reposting)
Ch 127 Fact Sheet  :: Ch 127 Draft Rule :: Public hearing transcript :: Comment on this Rule
Concise Summary:
In response to a citizen petition, this new rule was proposed to establish motor vehicle emission standards for new passenger cars, light-duty trucks, and medium-duty vehicles by incorporating the requirements of the California Advanced Clean Cars II regulations, beginning model year 2027.
A public hearing on the proposed Chapter 127-A was held on August 17, 2023, and the comment period closed on August 28, 2023. A final vote on the proposed rule was scheduled for the Board meeting on December 21, 2023, however, due to the state of emergency resulting from the December 18 storm, that meeting was cancelled. This prevented a Board vote on whether to adopt the proposed rule, and forced any potential adoption beyond the rule’s proposed effective date of January 1, 2024. This also prevents the rule from taking effect in time to apply to the 2027 model year. Therefore, the proposed rule has been amended to begin with model year 2028, and the Department is now requesting comments from the public concerning this substantive change. The Department has also proposed other non-substantive changes to the proposal.
Public comment
Agency contact:
Lynne Cayting
17 State House Station
Augusta, ME 04333-0017
Public hearing: August 17, 2023, 9:00 a.m.
Augusta Civic Center, 76 Community Drive
Augusta, ME 04330
Public noticed: July 26, 2023
Comment deadline: February 5, 2024, 5:00 PM
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