California to ban new gas-powered cars by 2035

California to ban new gas-powered cars by 2035

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New cars sold in California will have to be “zero emission” polluting, from 2035 at the latest, according to a text adopted Thursday in this state at the forefront of efforts for an energy transition in the country.  

“Rapidly accelerating the number of zero-emission vehicles on our roads and highways will dramatically reduce emissions and pollution for all Californians,” a statement said. Liane Randolph, chair of the California Air Resources Board (CARB), the California air quality board that approved the measure.

The text, which will effectively ban the sale of new diesel or gasoline cars from 2035, formalizes the objectives set in September 2020 by the Democratic governor of the state, Gavin Newsom.

From By 2026, one-third of car sales in California must be “zero-emission” vehicles, i.e. vehicles running on electricity, hydrogen and some hybrid vehicles, and it must be two-thirds of sales by 2030.

“The timeline is ambitious, but achievable: When a child born this year is of college age, only zero-emissions vehicles and a limited number of plug-in hybrids will be available for sale as new cars in California” , CARB noted.

CARB also estimates that by 2037, the new standard will result in a 25% reduction in haze from light-duty vehicles.

“This will benefit all Californians, but especially the most economically and environmentally burdened communities along freeways and other high-traffic routes,” CARB added.

CARB also argues that, from 2026 to 2040, the new regulations will make it possible to avoid in particular 1290 deaths resulting from cardiopulmonary diseases.

The state's Democratic Governor, Gavin Newsom, welcomed the passage of the measure. The reduction in the number of polluting vehicles on the roads is the equivalent of “emissions caused by 915 million barrels of oil”.

California, with its more than 40 million consumers, is the largest market in the United States, and its standards have an impact on manufacturing production across the country.

General Motors had already announced in January 2021 its intention to no longer build emissions cars by 2035 polluting even if the group has not openly committed to offering only electric vehicles in 13 years.

The move in California comes as President Joe Biden signed into law a sweeping climate and health investment plan last week, which includes a $370 billion package to cut emissions. greenhouse gas emissions by 40% by 2030.

In recent years, many countries have tried to limit pollution from the automotive sector.

The United Kingdom, Singapore and Israel have pledged to end the sale of new gasoline and diesel vehicles by 2030, and Norway has made the pledge for 2025.

Human activity, including the use of fossil fuels, has led, according to scientists, to global warming, which in turn has contributed to making extreme weather phenomena more frequent and violent.

One of the solutions to combat this warming therefore consists in limiting polluting emissions from fossil fuels, say the experts.