California bans sales of new gas-powered vehicles by 2035

California’s Air Resources Board (CARB) has voted to ban the sale of new gas-powered vehicles in the state by 2035.

“It’s monumental,” CARB board member Daniel Sperling told CNN on Wednesday. “It’s important not just for California, but it’s important for the country and the world.”

The objective of reducing greenhouse gas emissions from vehicles was presented as a Executive Decree by Governor Gavin Newsom in 2020. The plan, known as the CARB Advanced Clean Cars Rule II, requires all new vehicles sold after 2035 will be zero emissions.

“Motor vehicle engine emissions harm public health, welfare, the environment and the climate in myriad interrelated ways,” the staff said. report on the Advanced Clean Cars II rule says. “These emission reductions will help stabilize the climate and reduce the risk of severe drought and wildfire and the resulting fine particle pollution.”

After Thursday’s vote, the CARB board tweeted a pledge to increase Californians’ access to zero-emission vehicles.

The rules will apply in stages, with the number of gas-powered vehicles on the road decreasing over time. Thirty-five percent of new passenger vehicles sold are expected to be powered by batteries or hydrogen in 2026, 51% by 2028, 68% by 2030, and 100% by 2035. In addition to these targets for ordinary passenger cars, the plan sets a target to have zero-emission medium and heavy-duty vehicles by 2045.

Under the plan, Californians who already own gas-powered cars will be allowed to continue using them. Drivers can also continue to buy and sell used gasoline vehicles. State officials hope that incentives such as federal tax credit recently approved under the Inflation Reduction Act – and the state Clean Vehicle Rebate Project — encourage consumers to go electric.

Currently, California’s transportation sector is responsible for around 50% of the state’s greenhouse gas emissions. In fact, gas or diesel powered vehicles are the state’s largest source of greenhouse gases, smog, and harmful particulates. The new plan promises to reduce these emissions.

In addition to increasing sales of zero-emission vehicles, the proposal imposes stricter standards on gasoline-powered cars and trucks.

According to CARB figures, California has the the biggest market for zero-emission vehicles in the country. According to CARB, 16% of all cars sold in the state are zero-emission vehicles or plug-in hybrids.

“The industry has responded quickly to changing market pressures, consumer demands, and regulatory requirements in California, the United States, and around the world,” according to a CARB staff report. “Today, every manufacturer has publicly committed to significant, if not complete, electrification over the next 20 years.”

Several major automobile manufacturers have already noted that they are preparing to increase their production of clean vehicles, according to the Alliance for Automotive Innovation.

“Automakers are making massive investments in electrification – including manufacturing facilities and partnerships to produce vehicles, batteries and components inside the United States,” said one. statement from John Bozzella, President and CEO of the Alliance for Automotive Innovation. “This is a commitment that is producing game-changing electric vehicles and transforming transportation.”

In a statementFord said it supports California’s Advanced Clean Cars II rule and will join the state in working toward zero-emissions transportation.

“We are committed to building a zero-emission transportation future that includes everyone, backed by our own investments of more than $50 billion by 2026 in electric vehicles and batteries,” said Bob Holycross, director of the sustainable development at Ford. “The CARB Advanced Clean Cars Rule II is a historic standard that will define clean transportation and set an example in the United States.”

Another goal of the California plan is to reduce the cost of electric cars and make them more affordable. According to the CARB staff report, 40% of drivers in the state have already indicated that they would get an electric car as their “next vehicle.”

CARB also believes that the cost of electric cars to the consumer will come down as more zero-emission vehicles become available.

“As the cost of batteries continues to fall, the price of a battery electric vehicle will eventually become the same as that of a combustion engine vehicle,” the council said on its to place. “Consumer Reports recently published a study showing that battery electric vehicles can already save consumers thousands of dollars over the life of the vehicle compared to conventional cars – and save up to $4,700 in fuel over the course of the year. first seven years only.”

While supporting the movement towards zero-emission vehicles, the Automotive Innovation Alliance is concerned that the plan’s target may be too ambitious to achieve, due to factors such as inflation, labor shortages work and the availability of chargers.

“Whether these requirements are realistic or achievable is directly related to external factors such as inflation, charging and fuel infrastructure, supply chains, workforce, availability and prices of critical minerals, and the continued shortage of semiconductors,” Bozzella said. “These are complex, interrelated and global issues far beyond the control of CARB or the auto industry.”

Others, like the California Alliance for Jobs and the Fix Our Roads Coalition, worry that decreasing gas tax funding will lead to the deterioration of roads and national infrastructure over time.

“The loss of tens of billions of dollars in infrastructure funding will decimate the quality of our roads and bridges, compromise safety, reduce mobility, cripple public transportation and lead to more traffic congestion,” said Michael Quigley, executive director of the California Alliance for Jobs. , in a report.

Quigley also believes jobs will be lost as a result of the Advanced Clean Cars II rule.

“Funding cuts of this magnitude will destroy hundreds of thousands of middle-class construction careers,” Quigley said. “We need California leaders to come up with solutions to replace this funding now rather than waiting until it’s too late.”

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