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Another blue state unleashes electric vehicle mandate: ‘Walking the walk’

Democrat New Mexico Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham issued an executive order Monday requiring every state government agency to transition to an entirely electric vehicle fleet by 2035.

Lujan Grisham – who made the announcement during remarks at the state Department of Transportation’s Symposium on the Future of Transportation in New Mexico – added that her government would pursue a plan to bolster electric vehicle (EV) tax credits in an effort to boost affordability. The executive order to force state agencies to adopt carbon-free vehicle fleets comes as Lujan Grisham continues pushing EV mandates statewide.

“The fact of the matter is that consumers and dealers want better access to electric vehicles, and the actions we’ve taken through Clean Car rules and now tax credits are leveling the playing field,” Lujan Grisham said. “I also took action today to make sure the state is ‘walking the walk’ when it comes to widely adopting low- and zero-emission vehicles by requiring the state fleet to be zero-emission by 2035.”

She pledged that by 2035 “the state fleet will be 100% electric.”

“This legislation is about ensuring Americans can continue choosing the vehicles that best suit their lives. It’s about making sure people have the option of driving practical, functional and affordable cars,” House Energy and Commerce Chair Cathy McMorris Rodgers, R-Wash., said in support of the bill. “And it’s about embracing the legacy of the American auto industry.”

“The answer is not through restrictive government mandates,” she continued. “Yet that is exactly what President Biden’s EPA, California and others allies are trying to do.”

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

Thomas Catenacci is a politics writer for Fox News Digital.

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