In a bid to boost its popularity, Idaho has declared a new electric car standard for cars that have been sold second hand.
It’s called the Electric Car 2nd-Hand Car Standards Act.
The act requires that electric cars must meet certain standards, including “low emissions and low noise”, and it also makes sure “the car is safe to drive and has enough power”.
It also requires that car owners “not sell or give the vehicle to third parties without a license or registration”.
“I think this is a great move for Idaho and a good start to help us get electric cars into the hands of more drivers,” said Chris Pomeroy, the head of the Electric Vehicle Development Association (EVDA).
“With this new standard, it makes Idaho one of the first states in the US to set an electric vehicle standard and is good news for electric car owners.”
Mr Pomeroys car will have a battery pack that’s built into the car, which is designed to run for five years.
“The idea behind the vehicle is that it is an affordable alternative to a traditional two-wheel drive car,” he said.
“In Idaho, we have a low carbon footprint that allows us to use less fuel and maintain our quality of life while we’re driving.”
Mr Hovland said the act has the support of a number of local businesses.
“We’re really excited about the idea of the electric vehicle,” he told ABC News.
“I know there’s a lot of enthusiasm around it.
I think it’s a good idea for the Idaho economy.”‘
A great first step’Mr Pomerman says the Idaho standard will allow Idaho to become a leader in the global electric car industry.
“In the last few years, I’ve seen a lot more electric cars coming to Idaho and we’re really eager to start making it a reality,” he added.
The Idaho standards were set up by EVDA to help ensure that the electric vehicles used in Idaho meet the environmental standards set by the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).
“The EPA has been a great ally of the state of Idaho in developing this new electric vehicle standards, and I think they’ll be very supportive of the initiative,” Mr Hovlands EVDA director, Chris Pomergoy.
“When we’ve looked at other jurisdictions around the US that have taken steps to address emissions standards for electric vehicles, the results have been quite encouraging.
Idaho is an example of a good first step.”
In October, the state’s governor signed legislation making it the first state in the country to introduce a new standards for car batteries.
The new standards are expected to become effective by the end of the year.
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