A Minnesota Clean Cars Standard will ensure higher efficiency and less pollution from all cars and trucks sold in Minnesota and it will require auto dealers to sell more models of electric vehicles and plug-in hybrids here as well.
Rural Minnesotans drive more.
People in rural places often live further away from jobs, stores, and healthcare providers, and end up driving more to get to work and perform daily errands. Having more options for cars and trucks with lower emissions and having more electric vehicle options will directly benefit them the most with significant everyday cost savings.
Electric vehicles will save Minnesotans money.
Electricity has a lower and less volatile price point than gasoline, and electric vehicles do not require oil changes and many other types of vehicle maintenance.
On average, rural Minnesota drivers could save $750 by switching from gasoline to electricity.
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More vehicle choice.
Finding and purchasing an electric vehicle in rural communities is virtually impossible right now. A variety of car and truck options that serve family and daily are needed.
6 in 10 prospective car buyers in Minnesota have some interest in purchasing an electric vehicle.
Cars and trucks are Minnesota’s #1 source of climate pollution.
Rural Minnesotans want and need to be part of the solution to our climate crisis. Transit options are limited in rural communities; reducing climate pollution from cars and trucks is vital. We also want to protect Minnesota’s ecosystems that we know and love and that are threatened by a changing climate.
Air Quality & Health
Even in rural places, poor air quality is an issue. This is an often-overlooked reason why strong auto emission standards are needed in Minnesota. A 2019 report from Minnesota Pollution Control Agency and the Minnesota Department of Health found that rates of death attributable to air pollution were higher in rural areas than cities and was particularly bad in southern Minnesota and along the state’s border with South Dakota.
Rural communities are facing an economic crisis.
Rural communities have not been spared from the economic wrath that has accompanied efforts to slow the spread and manage the fight against COVID-19. When it is finally possible to safely restart the economy, we want and need to build the rural economy back better and cleaner than it was before. Improving Clean Cars charging infrastructure and strengthening the rural electrical grid can be a cornerstone of these efforts, as rural electrification was vital in helping rural communities during the Great Depression.
“It only makes sense to put the highest mileage vehicles where we drive the most miles, rural Minnesota, and the MPCA Clean Car Standard would do just that. The Chevy Volt is a plug-in hybrid with a battery for commuter length trips and a gasoline engine for longer trips. It’s not an expensive luxury car. We bought it because it was affordable, and we needed a dependable car that gets us where we need to go at a very low cost.”
– Pete Kennedy, Murdock