Release: Statement on BEP’s Rejection of EV Mandates


March 20, 2024
Contact: Jacob Posik
Director of Legislative Affairs
Office: 207.321.2550

Maine Policy Statement on Maine BEP’s Rejection of EV Mandates

PORTLAND, Maine – Maine Policy Institute CEO Matthew Gagnon issued the following statement today following the Maine Bureau of Environmental Protection’s rejection of Chapter 127-A: Advanced Clean Cars II Program:

“Maine Policy commends the BEP for its vote today rejecting the proposed EV mandates. These rules were costly, problematic, unrealistic and would have done nothing to measurably mitigate climate change. Individual Maine citizens simply could not have afforded this mandate, and it’s refreshing to see the BEP recognize as much.

“Mainers are smart. If market conditions and infrastructure were in a place that made EV ownership realistic for Maine consumers, they would make this choice on their own without government coercion. 

“We applaud the BEP’s decision to protect consumer choice in Maine and allow the people’s elected representatives to handle this matter, as they should.” 


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