EV mandate protects our health, environment

March 21, 2023

A recent letter to the editor said that, according to their poll of Delaware citizens, electric vehicles are great, climate change is a real threat, and we favor wind and solar energy. All good. However, they also concluded that we in Delaware should not join other states in an EV mandate after 2035.

Perhaps those polled did not understand the idea Delaware is considering, namely that polluting cars, gasoline and diesel, should be phased out and eventually, new polluting vehicles would not be permitted for sale. Many auto companies, like GM, already pledge to sell only new zero-emission vehicles after 2035. That's good. The latest rule proposal, already adopted by several other states, allows the purchase of used gasoline vehicles after 2035 and allows for new plug-in hybrid vehicles to qualify as zero-emission vehicles, so for those who really want some gasoline on board, PHEVs will still be legal.

This idea is just another rule to protect our safety, health and environment, like so many others that we have and enjoy. We Americans cannot buy dangerous vehicles that have no muffler, no catalytic converter, inadequate brakes, no horn, no seat belts, no air bags and other protections. And that's all terrific. We should support the best clean air standards too, phasing out dirty vehicles. This will help curb climate change, which threatens states, like Delaware, that are most at risk for sea-level rise and other impacts. Please email the governor at and let him know that you support the new EVs-only-by-2035 rule that Delaware is considering.

Jonathan David Lake
Rehoboth Beach



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