NEW MEXICO (KRQE) – New Mexico regulators have adopted more stringent motor vehicle emission standards. The changes, as part of Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham’s push against climate change, take effect July 1.

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It will require reduced emissions in cars, trucks, and SUVs starting with the 2026 model year. The rule was adopted Thursday by the state environmental improvement board following a joint public hearing with air quality officials who oversee the Albuquerque Metro area.

The state is also calling for more electric and plug-in hybrid vehicles to be sold.