The state of California on Wednesday issued a strict plan to force a steady increase in the sale of Electric cars and zero emissionsThe first step towards activating the first national goal of banning new gas-powered cars by 2035.
Under the proposed rule, issued by the California Air Resources Board, the state would require 35% of new passenger cars sold in the state by 2026 to be powered by batteries or hydrogen. Less than a decade later, the state expects that 100% of all new car sales will be zero-emissions from the fossil fuels that are primarily responsible for global warming.
It would be a big step. Currently, 12.4% of new cars sold in California are zero-emissions, according to the council.
If the council finalizes the plan in August, it could set standards for the country’s auto industry. California is the largest auto market in the United States and the tenth largest in the world. In addition, 15 other states, including New York, Massachusetts and North Carolina, have already followed California’s exhaust pipe procedures and may adopt similar proposals.
A critical year for electric cars
Battery-powered cars are growing in popularity around the world, even as the global auto market has stagnated.
“This is very important,” said Daniel Sperling, a member of the California Aviation Council and director of the Institute for Transportation Studies at the University of California, Davis. He said the proposed rule, which he expects to pass, sends a signal to the global auto market.
“Other countries, other states, they’re watching what California is doing,” he said. “So it will resonate around the world.”
The proposal comes as President Biden’s climate agenda falters. Biden signed an executive order last year calling on the government to try to ensure that Half of the cars sold in the US will be electric by 2030. Legislation that would help enable this transition by allocating billions of dollars in tax incentives for electric vehicles has stalled in the Senate. Meanwhile, under pressure to ease high gas prices, the president urged oil companies to drill for more oil.
Automakers did not immediately respond to requests for comment on the proposed California rule. In a joint statement last year, Ford, General Motors and Stellants, the auto maker formed this year after the merger of Fiat Chrysler and Peugeot, announced their “joint aspirations” to achieve sales of between 40 and 50 percent of electric vehicles. nationwide by 2030.
But they wrote that they needed government support and a “comprehensive set of electricity policies” to translate aspirations into action.
Transportation is the largest source of emissions of greenhouse gases and other pollutants in California.
The proposed California base is in motion Executive order issued by Governor Gavin Newsom In 2020. According to the plan, 35% of new cars and light trucks sold should be zero-emissions from 2026. This will rise to 68% in 2030 and 100% in 2035. The plan calls for 20% of new sales . Be a plug-in hybrid.
According to California air pollution regulators, the rule will remove 384 million metric tons of greenhouse gas emissions between 2026 and 2040, more than the state emitted from all sources in 2019.
Environmental groups were divided on the plan. Don Anner, deputy director of the Clean Transportation Program at the Union of Concerned Scientists, said the procedure is an improvement over an earlier version. He called it “the most important climate decision” the California Air Resources Board will make this year.
But Scott Hochberg, a transportation attorney at the Center for Biological Diversity, accused California of taking a “slow path,” and in a statement called for the state to end the sale of gasoline-powered cars for five years. earlier by 2030.
Sperling noted that many challenges remain, including building vehicle charging stations and convincing consumers to purchase electric vehicles. The remaining 20-30%, he said, will be the most difficult part of the transition and will likely require new policies and incentives.
“We can’t vaccinate people,” he said. “Why do we think we can get them to buy an electric car? This means that we will have to be creative to make these vehicles attractive and attractive to consumers, even beyond their inherent traits.”