Clean air laws are coming back in the form of new legislation that is designed to improve air quality.
A bill introduced in the House of Representatives and Senate this week would amend the Clean Air Act to require cleaner vehicles on the road, as well as require the use of fuel-efficient technology on electric vehicles.
It would also make it easier for electric vehicles to meet emission standards.
“We want to encourage all electric vehicles on American roads to meet the clean air standards,” said House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee Chairman Bill Shuster (R-Pa.), who introduced the bill.
“The Clean Air Acts are not only outdated, but they are a safety hazard.
They are not a substitute for a safer, cleaner and more efficient vehicle.”
While the bill is unlikely to make it to President Donald Trump’s desk, it could be the beginning of a major shift in the way Americans drive.
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), there were 5,078 reported injuries on U.S. roads in 2018, and that number is expected to reach 7,400 by 2020.
This is expected, given that the number of crashes is expected in the 2020s to be about 50,000 fewer than in 2017.
While electric vehicles make up a small portion of all vehicle-related injuries and deaths, they are the leading cause of vehicle fatalities.
According to the NHTSA, they were responsible for an estimated 34,400 deaths and more than 4.4 million vehicle-motor vehicle collisions between 2017 and 2020.
“While we’re certainly not going to get all of these electric vehicles out of the streets anytime soon, the legislation introduced today makes the Clean Vehicles Act a much safer, more efficient and more attractive option for American consumers,” Shuster said.
Shuster also said the Clean Vehicle Act could help the industry transition away from the antiquated combustion engine, and toward cleaner fuel cells, electric motors, and other electric technologies.
The Clean Vehicles bill is part of a broader effort to make the Clean Streets Act more affordable and accessible.
The legislation would increase the amount of money that states and localities receive for the clean streets program from $6 million to $15 million annually.
The bill also would provide funding to the states to fund electric vehicle charging stations, and expand the use and testing of electric vehicle sensors to increase the effectiveness of these sensors.
The law would also provide grants to cities and towns to help fund public charging stations.
It is unclear whether the bill will be able to pass in the Senate.
Shuster has indicated that he may be open to some changes to the legislation.
The House and Senate have passed several bills to increase funding for electric vehicle programs, but none have made it to the president’s desk.