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Minnesota adopts ‘clean car’ rules to foster electric shift

Minnesota has officially adopted regulations championed by Gov. Tim Walz to encourage the switchover to electric vehicles.

The “clean car” rules published Monday in the State Register take effect in 2024 with the 2025 model year. They’ll require manufacturers and dealers to supply more electric vehicles for the Minnesota marketplace.

The Walz administration says the rules will lead to cleaner air and help combat climate change by increasing the availability of electric cars. But the Minnesota Automobile Dealers Association says the changes will swamp dealers with more electric vehicles than customers want to buy, and force up prices for everyone.

The new law also doesn’t take into effect that most electrical power in Minnesota still comes from carbon-based sources such as coal-burning plants.

(Associated Press)

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