From the Associated Press
SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham signed an executive order Monday directing state agencies to switch to an all-electric vehicle fleet within the next 12 years.
Lujan Grisham also said she intends to pursue tax credits for electric vehicles during the upcoming legislative session.
The Democratic governor made the announcement Monday during her Symposium on the Future of Transportation in New Mexico.
“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.”
The proposed tax credits would apply to new and used electric vehicles to help meet climate goals.
Lujan Grisham’s order directs departments to purchase zero-emission vehicles for all new acquisitions where one or more options are available.
Exceptions to the order include law enforcement vehicles, firefighting trucks and some other heavy-duty vehicles.