The automotive world is undergoing a major transformation as environmental standards gain importance. A prime example of this shift is Stellantis, a member of the influential 'Big Three' global automakers. Stellantis is charting a new course, placing its commitment to environmental consciousness at the forefront of its operations. According to reports by Automotive News, Stellantis has recently modified its vehicle distribution approach in 14 U.S. states, now sending gasoline-only vehicles only upon specific customer requests.
The states affected by this change include California, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Jersey, New York, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Vermont, and Washington. These states currently uphold, or intend to adopt, vehicle emissions standards set by the California Air Resource Board (CARB). In the near future, Virginia, New Mexico, Nevada, and Arizona are also projected to adhere to these regulations.
The most notable change in Stellantis's strategy is that they are no longer shipping Internal Combustion Engine (ICE)-only vehicles to the 14 CARB-compliant states, unless there is a specific order from a customer. This step signifies a major shift in the automotive industry and presents unique challenges to Stellantis, especially given their current limited lineup of hybrid and electric vehicles.
Nevertheless, it's crucial to remember that the most recent CARB rules will not come into effect until 2026. But Stellantis is choosing to be proactive, aligning its operations with these impending regulations ahead of time.
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