California vows to ban the sale of new petrol-powered cars by 2035 to promote cleaner alternatives and combat climate change.
The initiative, first of its kind in the United States, is part of a bigger plan to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, which are significant contributors to global warming.
According to Governor Gavin Newsom, newer reforms will restrict sales of ICE vehicles, besides promoting more sustainable alternatives to petrol fuel. He also wants the state legislature to stop issuing new permits for hydraulic fracturing technology by 2024.
At a recent press conference, Newsom also stated that he encourages other US states to follow suit and implement similar changes too.
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California is one of the most prosperous states in the US. With a huge country-sized GDP and high economic growth, it is also the largest domestic auto market, accounting for roughly 11 percent of all US vehicle sales.
With political interests colliding with President Donald Trump has sought to bar California from requiring the sale of electric vehicles, his rival Joe Biden has pledged to spend billions to speed up the adoption of BEVs.
Amidst the political tension surrounding the upcoming US election, the Golden State still holds strong in combating climate change and cutting fuel emissions. It plans to join 15 different countries that have made similar pledges, including the United Kingdom.
Even though Newsom’s orders will not prevent Californians from owning gasoline-powered cars or selling them on the used car market, the California Air Resources Board will introduce some drastic changes for zero-emission transportation.
The board will develop regulations to mandate that 100 percent of in-state sales of new passenger cars and trucks are zero-emission by 2035, thereby cutting greenhouse emissions by 35 percent. It also aims to make medium and heavy-duty vehicles segment carbon-neutral by 2045.
Amidst record wildfire season in the state, Governor Newsom has specially emphasized speeding up adopting EVs as a viable alternative. He said California needed to “fast track” its efforts to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and combat climate change as wildfires are becoming more frequent over the years.
However, various major automakers, including General Motors, Toyota Motor Corp, and Volkswagen AG, have been critical of the new policies. According to these entities, neither mandates nor bans build successful markets. As of now, EV sales account for less than 10 percent of all vehicles sold in California, which is still the highest in the US.
With that being said, we can safely assume that the next election result will probably have a significant impact on the course of events. I guess we’ll just have to wait and see.
To be continued…