Letter: Electric vehicle bill is wrong for New Hampshire

Published: 3/19/2020 12:01:21 AM

In her March 14 letter, Sarah Thorne says House Bill 1444 would “open up the sale of pollution-fighting EVs in this state.” But, the state is not closed to EV sales. Manufacturers choose not to sell electric vehicles in New Hampshire because they know the market for them is weak.

HB 1444 would drastically change the market by mandating strict California vehicle emissions standards – instead of less egregious EPA standards – for all cars sold in New Hampshire.

According to the EPA, California-compliant cars cost $2,340 more than EPA-compliant counterparts. HB 1444 would benefit a handful of people who can afford to pay a premium price for a “pollution-fighting EV” but can’t be bothered to go out of state to shop for it. The flip side is that everybody would have to pay a premium price for every new car.

Imposing California emissions controls on all new New Hampshire vehicles is not only unnecessary, it’s also inadvisable.

With $2,340 added to the price of every new car, many families would keep their older vehicles longer, slowing turnover and wiping out air quality gains. There is a heated political debate going on right now regarding whether the EPA will continue to allow even California to enforce California standards. This is not the time for New Hampshire to be jumping on the California bandwagon.

If the Legislature is crazy enough to pass this bill, Gov. Chris Sununu should add it to his long list of bills to be vetoed.

DICK LEMIEUX

Concord


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