Minnesota auto dealers suing to block 2024 electric vehicle mandate approved by Governor Walz

(Fargo, ND) -- Auto dealers in Minnesota are fighting back against a new mandate going into effect in 2024. It would require that 26 percent of all new cars they offer for sale be powered by electricity.  

"We are all in on electric vehicles. I want to be clear about this. The dealers are all in on electric vehicles. They are making huge investments in their businesses to get ready to sell and service them, but the idea we are going from 2% to 26% in two years is simply not feasible," said Scott Lambert, President of the Minnesota Auto Dealers Association.

The group is leading the fight against the electric vehicle mandate ordered by Governor Tim Walz. The lawsuit by the dealers is aimed at stopping the mandate from taking effect. The mandate is based on auto standards established by the state of California aimed at reducing carbon emissions.  Lambert says the mandates placed on dealers are simply "not workable". 

Original Air Date: 
Friday, June 10, 2022